Step-child Barred Rock Hen - HELP!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Hickleberry, Sep 25, 2015.

  1. Hickleberry

    Hickleberry New Egg

    Sep 25, 2015
    One of my barred rock hens is being pecked in a cannabilistic way. I thought it was three young roosters, but even now that they're gone, she was hurt again when we pulled her from isolation and let her free range again. I found her hiding out in one of the coops. Poor baby. She was bleeding again. So, now she's back in isolation being treated with Neosporin and love until we figure this out.

    Our chickens free range all day and are locked away into two coops at nightime. We have one Rhode Island Red rooster, two hens, three Barred Rock hens, one Wyandotte hen, and two Bantums (one rooster and the other unknown).

    What can I do?
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    I think it might help to try and identify the culprit. If you manage to do this, then isolate it for a few weeks and see how your victim chicken gets along. In theory (although not always) the culprit, once returned to the flock should be less dominant and hopefully less likely to be a bully. If not, then you may well have to chose whether to either keep the culprit or the victim chicken.

    Good luck

  3. shortgrass

    shortgrass Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 14, 2015
    Northern Colorado


    Watch the Barred Rocks. I have a feeling it's one of them; my BRs are the top hens and they don't care who you are, if you stick your head in the wrong place you WILL get pecked by Floppy; she's the meanest one.

    Find the bully and give her a time out. I like to put them where they can see everybody else frolicking and having a good ol time GETTING ALONG, while she sits in jail for a day or two and pouts.

    Like being incarcerated. Works wonders :D
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2015

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