Smack-down in yard!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickendaddy'swife, Sep 13, 2013.

  1. chickendaddy'swife

    chickendaddy'swife Out Of The Brooder

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    Yesterday I heard an awful comotion going on in the hen yard. I raced out and saw hens attacking "something",. I thought is was my favorelle hens, but is was a "teenage" piegon! The hens were pecking it to death and I couldn't stand it and broke it up. The piegon 's back was de-nuded of feathers,bruised and both wings broken. I moved it out for my husband to destroy. But it died very quickly. I had also found 2 other piegons in yard and was upset they died of a disease and that had me very worried for my hens sake. My question is-Is this behavior normal/ why did they do it,. I have had hens for 5 years now and this has never happened before. Oh and the Rooster Bob, well he ran the other way!!
     
  2. creepygothnursi

    creepygothnursi Out Of The Brooder

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    Mine have attacked and killed sparrows that have gotten into their run. I think it's for the same reason they attack new chickens, they see it as an interloper that needs to be chased away.
     
  3. chickendaddy'swife

    chickendaddy'swife Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you ! just wondering if anyone else had seen this kind of behavior.
     
  4. Whoops

    Whoops Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine hide from pigeons right now, but they are only 8 weeks. I am hoping they will run them off when they get older.
     

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