Rhode Island Red hen bullied by Rooster

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by txcowgirl51, Feb 27, 2015.

  1. txcowgirl51

    txcowgirl51 In the Brooder

    Jul 8, 2012
    We currently have 6 RIR, one Rooster and three other unknown breed hens. Recently one of the RIR was found almost pecked to death. We isolated her and took care of her wound. Her back head feathers were plucked completely off. We have kept her isolated from the other hens and rooster. One time we decided to let her free range with the others and two of the hens charged at her and started attacking her. We decided to keep her away from them and partitioned a small area in the chicken run for her. The other hens are on the other side and when the injured hen (Rhonda) gets too close to the fence they still try to attack her, and more especially the rooster.

    Lately we have noticed that another Red has been bullied by the Rooster. She runs away from him and gets up as high as she can to get away from him. He doesn't mess with the other hens, just her.

    Today as my husband was checking on them he noticed that the red hen was inside the nesting box which was very unusual. He had a flashlight on her and saw that she was bleeding from her comb. Looks like the rooster or the other hens tore off part of her comb. My question is why are they picking on her and what should we do? Cull the rooster or isolate him from the rest of the flock.

    We have separated the hen and have put her with the other injured hen Rhonda in the chicken coop. We need advice.
  2. justplainbatty

    justplainbatty Songster

    Nov 30, 2007
    emmet MI
    What type of roo do you have? How old is he? If he is young , he doesn't know what he's doing yet.It sounds like he has no manners and no finesse. It's good to have the injured separated but I would pull out the two mean hens and the roo. Pics of the unknowns would help because each type have different personalities. How old are the RIR's? In my almost 8 years of chicken keeping, I have had birds picked on severely before but never an RIR they're pretty feisty. I would really look over all the aspects of her health. After the injured ones heal , re introduce them to the flock and let a pecking order form. Then, introduce one meanie at a time about a week apart and finally the rooster a week or two later. Some times there is a mean hen or roo that needs to leave but try the other way first. Maybe someone else has a better idea. Pics and ages of the birds will help us to help you. [​IMG]

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