Pecking will it continue?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Foxhound lady, Nov 9, 2008.

  1. Foxhound lady

    Foxhound lady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2008
    TX baby!
    Ok I'm still learning about chickens but.

    I have a Black Australop (Alice) that is attacking my Golden Comet (Debbie). Both are pullets and about Debbie 25 weeks Alice 28 weeks. They live in a 32 sq foot coop and are free range during daylight hours. no one is laying yet.

    These birds have grown up togethor and havent really had a problem till thursay. Debbies face was scabby and her eye was foamy. So off to the vet (I work with a vet that does exotics) and she is now on antibotic ointment, and seperated from the rest of the flock (all 4 of them) otherwise she is fine.

    I was cleaning her kennel today and had her out in the fenced in dog yard when Alice hopped the fence and came after her. She backed Debbie in the corner and she now has a huge peck mark on the side of her face and is not a happy camper.

    Will she keep doing this or am I going to have to find her a home. She is otherwise a great chicken.
  2. Foxhound lady

    Foxhound lady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2008
    TX baby!
    really can no one help me!!!!!!![​IMG]
  3. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

    Mar 21, 2008
    I wish I could help..... I don't know, it is my first year with chickens. I know that for the most part, any who have taken a disliking to one another don't seem to change their minds. But sometimes it just takes them a while to establish order, which may be needing RE-established since removing for treatment? It just depends on the animals..... sometimes they are quick to fall into line, sometimes not. Sometimes they will just decide that they do not like a particular bird, end of story. I hope yours is a short lived pecking order issue.
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2008
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    It may be that Alice is getting close to laying. Some of mine got really cranky (does PMS come to mind?) with their sisters when they first started laying.
    It settled down pretty quickly. Also none of mine got to the point of hurting each other. Just pecking and being grumpy.
    I hope yours is a temporary issue too.
  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    Alice needs an attitude check and go to chicken jail. Put her in confinement. [​IMG]
    I agree with gritsar's Roo reform page.
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2008

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