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Orpington being bullied!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by champagne ivy, Dec 7, 2014.

  1. champagne ivy

    champagne ivy New Egg

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    We have three hens eight months old. They were raised together from two day old chicks. They are Orpington, Barrd Rock and New Hampshire Red. We have built them a large coop and let them out each morning to free range the backyard. Recently, the Orpington is being bullied by the other two and now she stays in her nest a lot. When out of the coop, her behavior is strange: she will make a big squawk and dash across the yard for no apparent reason. Is there anything we should be doing to help the situation?
     
  2. SunkenRoadFarms

    SunkenRoadFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is she broody? If not, removing the lead bully long enough to change the pecking order, then reintroducing her might solve the problem.
     

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