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Out of 7 hens, 2 are ganging up and picking on one....

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by lori925, Feb 6, 2016.

  1. lori925

    lori925 Out Of The Brooder

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    We have 7 hens. Two are about 2 1/2 years old and the other 5 are 1 1/2. Two of the younger ones have begun picking on one of the original girls - they chase her down and peck on her head. The one being picked on has almost always been somewhat of a loner.

    They have lots of room - their "coop" is a stall in a barn and they have a large fenced yard. There are 6 nesting boxes so that's not a problem either. They seem to be fine at night when everyone is roosting; it's just during the day that they are harassing her.

    Is there a chance that this will stop or do we need to intervene?

    Thanks, Lori
     
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  3. lori925

    lori925 Out Of The Brooder

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    Sorry - didn't realize I was in the new member introductions when I wrote this.
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    that's alright. I would get pinless peepers for the 2 bullies, it prevents them from seeing straight ahead, so they miss their target. They will still be able to eat and drink. Please put "pinless peepers," in the searchbox to learn more about them. They probably won't stop bothering the hen, till they several maim or kill her. After that they may pick on another bird.
     
  5. lori925

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    thanks - I read about those yesterday and ordered some.
     
  6. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft! Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to join the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC. Sadly, it happens a lot. Good luck with your girls.
     

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