Young chicken attacked by older hen

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by nblfootball67, Apr 27, 2017.

  1. nblfootball67

    nblfootball67 Just Hatched

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    I tried to introduce my young chicks to the older hens today. Things were going well so I went about my day for a while when I noticed one chick was laying on the ground not moving. It seems that the hens attacked the back of the chicks head and exposed it right down to the skull. I removed all of the young chicks and separated the injured one from the rest. At first she seemed to be almost in shock but several hours later she seems to be acting mostly normal. Does it seem like she will pull through? Also does anyone have any recommendations when the time comes to try to introduce the young ones to the older hens again?[​IMG]
     
  2. SueT

    SueT Overrun With Chickens

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    Well, first of all, welcome to BYC....Yes, hens almost always see newcomers as a threat.
    Many of us introduce the youngsters using the "see but don't touch" setup. You temporarily divide the coop and run for the intro period which may be a month or more. There are many many forums discussing introducing new members to the flock. Good luck...be sure to check out the Learning Center....
     
  3. nblfootball67

    nblfootball67 Just Hatched

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    Just a little bit of added information just went to check on her and she seemed to be eating and drinking quite well.
     
  4. Cntry1958

    Cntry1958 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am sorry your chicken was hurt today. I hope you find a way to introduce them to each other safely.
     
  5. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under nblfootball67 [​IMG] Welcome!

    Ouch! Poor little girl!

    It sounds like she is mentally doing OK, not in shock or anything but if you are looking for some advice on wound care, I recommend posting in the ER Forum, the folks there know their stuff: https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/10/emergencies-diseases-injuries-and-cures

    Good luck!

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    You might want to also pop in and say hello on your local thread: https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/26/where-am-i-where-are-you ‘Find your State’s thread.
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Poor baby, I hope she will recover. You may want to keep an eye on her in case she displays any signs of brain damage. Otherwise chickens seem to be very resilient .
     
  7. Cntry1958

    Cntry1958 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How is she doing today? I was just thinking about her.
     

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