Pecking at Broody Hen

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ICE_Lilly, Aug 23, 2008.

  1. ICE_Lilly

    ICE_Lilly Out Of The Brooder

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    When our hen went broody and we decided to let her sit on eggs we didn't separate her from the others, she would just sit in the nesting box and they would leave her alone. Her first egg started hatching last night and completely hatched this morning. I took the other hens and rooster out of the nesting area and locked it up and left Momma Hen alone with the chick. I decided to open up the door and see how they'd do and right away one of the hens went over and started pecking her between the eyes. I noticed some dry blood on her (must of been from over night or earlier in the day??) so I shooed all the hens away from Momma Hen and locked them out so she can be by herself. How long should I leave them away from her? They all usually sleep (niecely) together in the nesting area. If I don't let them in will they just settle and sleep in the bigger fenced in area they play in during the day? My husband usually tends to all the details of them and he's out of town for a bit and I can't contact him so I don't know what to do with them. Thanks!!
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Depends on the flock and where the hen sits in the pecking order. The top girl in my flock goes broody annually and she raises her single chick every year in the coop with the rest. However, nobody, not even the rooster gets in her way.
     
  3. ICE_Lilly

    ICE_Lilly Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't know. I've never noticed them peck at her before. I think I'll have to think of a way to close off her box from everyone else. Of course this all had to happen while my husband is gone!
     

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