Pecking order changed suddenly...after one year????

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickenlickin8, Jun 17, 2009.

  1. chickenlickin8

    chickenlickin8 Songster

    Jun 26, 2008
    Valrico, Florida
    My Coop
    Well, I came home today to find my top hen (Molly- Black Australorp) that has always been the top commander of the coop, has step down from her throne apparently. She is currently molting and she had a visible bite mark over her eye and on her comb. While standing there, I saw my little black sex link ATTACK her and Molly didn't fight back. WHY is my top hen allowing another hen to boss her around now???

    I took the black sex link out and put her by herself. She is mean little thing. I might get rid of her even though she is a good layer.
  2. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits...

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    From what i have seen..if they sense a weakness in the top hen they will try move in. Its natural..its normal...they live by a pecking order.. Are you going to get rid every hen that challenges your top hens? [​IMG]
    edited to add: I also wanted to say that a cannibal/pecking hen is differant than a hen that is just trying to challenge a top hen. If you feel that you have a hen thats a cannibal then thats differant..i'd get rid of the hen then..
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2009
  3. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    I don't know if you saw my thread, but I, too, have a black sex link that has been a bit aggressive. Maybe it's the breed? I have 44 chicks (6 wks old), and this one just started pecking at ALL the others.... usually peking on the side or rear. When she got a feather out of it, she ate it. I put her in chicken jail for a day. I also fed (all of them) mashed up hard boiled eggs, in case it was a protein thing. She is behaving better now. I am thinking it is the breed, or some of them, anyway. Good luck.

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