Pecking order

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by RJ, Jul 22, 2008.

  1. RJ

    RJ Hatching

    Jul 22, 2008
    I have three hens I have raised from one week old (two different breeds). They are five months old and one hen (the feather footed) has started laying. Ever since she started laying the bigger hen will peck her when she tries to eat. Seems like the big hen does not want to let the feather footed eat anything. It seems to be worse when I give them treats like tomatoes. They have never acted like this before and I don’t know what to do other than separate them. I live in town so my birds stay in a coop and separating them is a hard thing to do. Any thoughts?
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2008
  2. scrapmom5

    scrapmom5 Songster

    Apr 21, 2008
    It really depends on the pecking...If it is not a severe pecking and just occasional or mild I would not worry about it. If it is causing harm I would separate the one pecking. Pecking can be normal for chickens to establish their pecking order. BUT, occasionally it can be harsh and needs a separation. I hope this helps.

    Oh by the way... Welcome to BYC.
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2008
  3. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC

    You might try having two feeders for your birds, so that the dominant one can have one all to herself?

    It's worth a try.

    Otherwise my advice is the same as the above...

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