Trouble in the coop

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by lgele, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. lgele

    lgele Hatching

    Aug 27, 2010
    Gainesville, FL.
    I have a small backyard flock. 7 mixed Americanua, Buff Orpington, White Rock, Golden Lace and Aconnas.
    The girls are around 17 weeks old. All has been well in the social structure until a few days ago.
    When I let the flock out of the coop and into the yard they run daily, I stand an watch then to check for any problems and also admire them as they grow and change.
    The Buff Orpington started to become very aggresive towards me standing at the gate.
    THis morning I was awaken by a lot of noise in the coop. Two to three others where after the Buff Orpington and were all over her.
    I went out to the coop to assist only to have the Buff O pacing at me at the door and coming at me when I was in the coop.
    In the yard the Buff is isolated and being chased and attacked by a few of the others..

    New to this chicken raising.. Not sure of what the cause of the change in this bird and will the flock take care of the problem on its own.
  2. FLchook

    FLchook Songster

    Oct 27, 2007
    Orlando, Florida
    How is the Buff coming after you? Is it possible shes running to you for protection? Or is it definitely aggressive?
  3. Noymira

    Noymira Songster

    Mar 9, 2011
    Chittenden County, VT
    Quote:Maybe a better description of her behavior would help? Is she biting you? What is she doing directly at you?
  4. lgele

    lgele Hatching

    Aug 27, 2010
    Gainesville, FL.
    Thanks for the replies.
    The Buff is coming at me and pecking and excited.
    Have not thought of it in the light of looking for protection.. Will approach her as that and see how she react,
    I did notice how upset she became a few days ago when I had made some changes in their coop with perches and liter..
    Do there demeanor change as the get ready to lay?
    I will keep my eye on the situation.. Just wonder what has happen to change the harmony in the flock..

  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Is there any possibility that your buff Orpington is a cockerel? This might explain some of the behaviors.

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