Rooster Bullying a Hen

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by crazy4chix, Jan 8, 2011.

  1. crazy4chix

    crazy4chix In the Brooder

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    I have 4 hens, one of which is a black Cochin. I have a BR rooster. The rooster has basically rejected the black Cochin as part of the flock. He chases her to the perch or plucks feathers from her head until she runs for the perch. She has resigned herself to grabbing a quick bite of food and running for the perch, where he leaves her alone. She is very timid and is at the bottom of the pecking order with the hens too. She is getting thin and I am afraid she won't get enough nutrition. Is there anything I can do to help her?
     
  2. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

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    Hen may be problem. She may not be giving proper signals for a hen to the dominant rooster. Health may be an issue. Isolate her, feed back up, and attempt reintroduction. Isolate but enable communication by sight and sound. Cage in coop. Will reduce problems of reintroduction.
     

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