Pecking order: Fair or Cruel?

Jul 13, 2018
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Hi, today I’ve noticed that my hens are all pecking my smallest Easter egger. She’s only a week younger. They peck her whenever she tries taking more food or does something that they don’t like. For instance, one time I was counting he chickens and I couldn’t find her. I found that she was roosting on a tree. Som I put her inside the coop and every single hen pecked her. I think she’s at the bottom of the order. Is there anything I could do to help her? Or should she just continue being pecked?
This is her:
 
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oldhenlikesdogs

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Oh and the pecking order isn't about cruelty, it's about survival of the fittest. The smaller the territory the less birds can be supported by it so stronger members will try to drive out or kill weaker members, so it's always best to give them plenty of room so they don't feel the need to follow that instinct.

Otherwise sometimes when they are targeting a certain bird its because there's something wrong or off with it. So they try to remove it from the flock.
 

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