Time to cull this hen?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by DragonClaw01, Mar 2, 2016.

  1. DragonClaw01

    DragonClaw01 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2013
    This is one of the worst chickens ever. It just goes to show you that Leghorns are Satan's chickens.

    I've had these from the start, now 2 remain. I've expanded my flock greatly in 2.5 years, and I don't want to kill these older girls or something because they're been with me.

    But, Glenda and Linda are acting up, constatntly. They've always been mean to other chickens and have always been dominant, but they're going too far. They eat eggs and are now eating FEATHERS from OTHER chickens. I watched my chickens as I took care of a broody goose in my barn and the chickens, like always followed me.

    I finish up and head back to the house when I see Glenda walk up to New (An EE) And just pluck feathers off her beard and EAT THEM. Horrible chicken, I think now that explains the bald patch on the Austrolorp's face.

    Is it time for them to go?
  2. DragonClaw01

    DragonClaw01 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2013
    (They also still have food in their dishes and all of that, but they seem to have acquired other tastes.
  3. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2015
    SW Ohio
    I'd say so, life is too short for mean, obnoxious chickens in the flock. You and your other chickens will be much happier
  4. BY Bob

    BY Bob Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2016
    Hershey, PA
    I am going to stick up for leghorns. You may have gotten a couple of bad eggs. The leghorns we have had always seem to be the alpha hens however they have been nothing but sweet and friendly. I have seen multiple times where my current leghorn, Daisy, has separated my RIR mixes when Patsy has just been pecking and chasing Lilly too much. In addition Daisy will jump in my lap to be petted and is always excited to see me. She is the 4th leghorn we have had. I have found them all to be smart and friendly.

    I believe that each chicken is an individual but overall I love leghorns and intend to get more.

    Here is my all time favorite chicken, Elphie. We lost her in November and I miss her terribly. Daisy is jut a baby in the background.

  5. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 28, 2008
    What do you feed them? It might be worth trying a feed with higher protein.
  6. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Shazam Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    Agree with this, that behavior sounds like they are craving protein. If you are feeding layer it often isn't enough protein for year round feeding.
  7. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Flock Master

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    Another question would be how much room they have. Crowded chickens can develop bad habits. It could be a combination of too little protein and space.
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  8. DragonClaw01

    DragonClaw01 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2013
    The flock has 18-20% layer ration and more than 2 acres.
  9. DragonClaw01

    DragonClaw01 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2013
    I've only ever had problems with Brown Leghorns. The whites are okay. I dunno. All the ones I have had.... nope. No more.
  10. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    You could butcher them.

    You could sell them, with disclosure on their behavior. In a new flock, they might have much nicer manners [​IMG]

    You could house them separate from the other birds.

    I think those are about your options, besides letting the current behavior go unchecked which isn't such a good thing. You'll just have to decide which is best for you personally.

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