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One of my Guinea hens is getting picked on by the other Guineas

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by outdoorbunny, Sep 12, 2012.

  1. outdoorbunny

    outdoorbunny Chirping

    Jun 12, 2012
    Culpeper, Virginia
    Just recently one of the guinea hens started being chased away from the group by a couple of the other guineas. What would cause this? They (6 total) all have been together since they were 1 week old (that's when I bought them). They are now 17 weeks old. They roost in a coop at night and have a large run to play in during the day. They were all getting along until a few weeks ago, one of the guineas just died. I still do not know why he/she died. It was sudden. The rest of the flock are doing fine, except now one hen is constently getting chased away from the group, food, and water. This hen used to be the one incharge. Now she is being kickout.
    I realise that the pecking order had to be re-established since they are now down to 5 but it's been 2 weeks and I'm worried that the little hen will not get enough food and water. I put out 2 separate waters and 2 separate food bins but if they see her drinking/eating out of any of them, they chase her.

    Is this normal? Will it eventual work itself out? Or do I need to separate her? So far I haven't seen any pecking or fighting, just the flapping of wings and chasing.

  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    The one that died may have been the 'back up' for the once dominant bird. Provide enough feed and water stations to assure her survival and let them work things out.
  3. JLeigh

    JLeigh Songster

    Apr 19, 2012
    North Georgia
    Is it possible to hide a food and water station, like, around a corner or behind a storage bin? That way she can sneak a meal and a drink before they all see her.

    If it were me, I would see if there is a leader instigating this behavior and find another home for him/her. Sometimes taking the biggest bully out can help. I had a bully who was a real jerk. When he was gone, everything was calm - mostly [​IMG].

    I love love love guineas, but I'm not going to let one kill another over dominance issues. I know it's "nature" but most of us keep relatively small flocks compared to the wild, and we already circumvent nature by keeping them at all. It's gotta work for everybody or the offender goes to live somewhere else at my house.

    Just my humble opinion.

    Edit: All of this assumes the first one died from lack of food and water, which may not be the case. They may work it out just fine...just keep an eye on the hen who is bullied.
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2012

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