She's probably molting

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by 7L Farm, Jan 3, 2012.

  1. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just want to be sure. She's a Dom & lives with 9 red chickens. Just the other day her comb & wattles were pale & shrinking.The dom has had a rough go with this flock. They chase her off & recently I had to put my Roo down because he was attacking me. I have another girl in this flock that was recently separated because the flock pecked her feathers out. I isolated her for over a month to let her feathers grow back & have since added her back to the mob. The flock chases her around as well. Well, as you can see there's alot of turmoil within this flock. Hawks, have been terrible this year so they have been confined to the coop which is also causing more stress. The Dom is real active & eating well when the flock will let her or I'll bring her a separate bowl.
    I'm beginning to loose my patience with this situation. What would yall suggest? I have another flock of 16 pullets & their happy & content. I've thought about moving the two over there but worried about disturbing this happy flock.
     
  2. The Chickens' Maid

    The Chickens' Maid Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is she the only different-colored chicken in the coop? They could be going after her just because of that, if she stands out and attracts their attention. Especially if they are coop-bound and have nothing else to do.
    You could try putting several hanging food things in their coop, like lettuce heads or a turkey carcass. That would give them a few other distractions besides the two bottom hens.
     
  3. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The Chickens' Maid :

    Is she the only different-colored chicken in the coop? They could be going after her just because of that, if she stands out and attracts their attention. Especially if they are coop-bound and have nothing else to do.
    You could try putting several hanging food things in their coop, like lettuce heads or a turkey carcass. That would give them a few other distractions besides the two bottom hens.

    Yep, she's the odd ball. I rescued her over a year ago so she's been with them along time but they continue to give her a hard time. They do have a 150 ft run & a 80 ft coop. There's only 10 hens in there. Now, that the roo is gone & the hawks are thick as theives I've been keeping them locked up more. I have a garden & supply them with greens. There's not much to forage on now.​
     
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  4. THELMA

    THELMA Out Of The Brooder

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    I would try a couple of things have you tried taking out of the run the worst bully for a couple of days see if the others will let her settle in a bit then when you introduce the worst bully back in it could settle down. The other thing is put antipecking spray on your little girl. This worked for me when I had a hen that got a real hard time. I dont know if you have it available there but netex antipecking spray is really good you need to reapply every couple of days until the behaviour stops. Dont get it on you though it smells and tastes disgusting.
     

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