Trouble in Paradise

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by chickenmamma22, Sep 19, 2011.

  1. chickenmamma22

    chickenmamma22 New Egg

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    Hi Everyone,
    I am new to chicken keeping, just started in May 2011. My chicks were 4 days old when I got them, 1 golden wyandotte and two speckled sussex. They have been a great trio and have started laying. Recently this week I noticed that the Wyandotte, Beulah, has started bullying the smaller sussex, Percy. Prior to this no problem. This week I hve seen Beulah run up to Percy and back her up with her chest, I have seen her put her foot on her neck and try to get her to the ground, as well as grab her by the neck. Percy has been disappearing into the woods only coming back near sundown. Yesterday Percy stayed the night out in the woods, I was heart broken. It should be noted that Beulah and my other sussex, myrtle, and been staying together side by side whereas before the two sussex where always together, in fact all three were always in close range of each other. Percy never came to roost last night and was out in the woods all night. This morning my Percy was at the front door soaking wet. I hate to see this repeated and Percy basically cast off/banished to the woods. Does anyone have any thoughts that would help me.

    Chicken Mamma22
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Some say to put the bully hen in time out, (caged alone) for about a week. That will make her the newbie and she might calm down a bit. I truly am not sure if that works. Can you get a few more hens? Then your little sussex won't be her only target....Plus she'll have more to hang out with.
     
  3. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    I agree, put Beulah in jail for a week. This is pecking order stuff and all you can do is try to disrupt it. I hope you have a dog cage or garage or shed or something where you can isolate her. She should return at the bottom of the pecking order.

    More hens should shake things up, too, but you may not want to do that.
     
  4. greymane

    greymane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] from the Finger Lakes of New York! I see you are already getting good ideas. Best of luck with your "bully" hen!

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  5. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

    What a bad girl! Agree pen timeout!
    [​IMG] [​IMG] from WA. glad you joined us [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  6. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Howdy from Kansas, chickenmamma22! [​IMG] Glad you joined out site! [​IMG] I'm sure you'll find the answers you seek!
     
  7. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Welcome to BYC.
     
  8. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us. Great advice given; good luck with her [​IMG]
     
  9. Skitz

    Skitz Skitz15k

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    Welcome to BYC!
     
  10. OHhappychicks

    OHhappychicks Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] from ohio!! You will find great advice here, as you already see!
     

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