Okay, I need some advice!

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by ChickenToes, Jun 11, 2008.

  1. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    About a week ago I had two chickens that were pecked - my little rooster had a small bloody spot on his back and one of my pullet EEs had a bloody spot the size of a dime on her back. I put those two into my brooder, and they healed up nicely.

    Last night my dh put the little roo back into the run with the rest of the chickens - no problems. When we put our EE in there, hoo boy. They attacked her within seconds. Another EE roo would grab onto her neck and drag her around, and there were about 5 other birds waiting to get in there and attack her too. So I put her back into the brooder.

    But what do I do with her now? I can't keep her in the brooder forever, but I don't want to put her in with the other birds if they're going to attack her constantly.

    We were thinking about getting ducks and keeping them in a separate coop. Do we just build our duck coop earlier than we had planned and keep her in there? Has anyone else had a problem like this?
     
  2. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    How old are they, and what kind of heat lamp are you using?
     
  3. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    They're 8.5 weeks old, and they don't have a heat lamp anymore.
     
  4. Tutter

    Tutter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Apr 12, 2008
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    Are they all the same age?
     
  5. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    Yes, they are all the same age and were raised together.
     
  6. ginasmarans

    ginasmarans Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 15, 2007
    West Tn
    If you can,I'd remove the ones attacking her and leave her in with the others.This should give her time to establish herself in the pecking order. When you add the ones you removed back in with the others,do it one at time a day or two apart.I did this when my boss roo got sick and the several young,upstart roos ganged up on him. I removed him and got him well. Then I penned the other roos and let the boss roo out. After about a week, I added the roos,one at a time. As Papa trounced each roo,he gained confidence and they forgot he was ever sick. Eventually I got rid of the troublemakers. Papa is still on top of the hearp.
     

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