Posted 14 September 2004 - 10:00 PM
Posted 14 September 2004 - 10:31 PM
Separate her out again until she's completely healed, and watch her after she's released to see if the hen gets after her again. Sometimes I could create a bit more peace by chasing the hen off a few times, but it's hard if they're penned.
Are they penned up or run free? Can she get away from the nasty hen?
Roosters usually pull the feathers of the back of the neck pretty badly, but I've never had one peck at a hen. In my experience, only other hens pecked at hens (as adults). Roosters fight roosters, but "ride" the hens roughly sometimes.
Sorry, georgene. It's hard to make animals "play nice".
Posted 15 September 2004 - 12:19 AM
Posted 15 September 2004 - 01:06 PM
Sometimes it is best not to intervene but to let nature take its course. All you can do it to provide as close as you can to a chickens natural environment...in this case a quiet dark place with a nice grass filled box. Because I free range my chickens, I like to use old tires. Usually they nest under a bush or in a lone place. I place a board on the ground to keep snakes and burrowing varmints from comming up and stuffed with soil and straw..this is just enough room for one hen.
Posted 24 September 2004 - 02:54 AM
They are in a very large area.
Thanks for the help!
Posted 03 October 2004 - 03:19 PM
Well, there's a few things you can try, number one is seperation (however another hen will become low man on the totem pole, and may be brutalised for the sake of her attacker's status) This can work quite well, especially if you want to add to your flock, as you can pick up some pullets to add to a second coup and yard that will invariably become subordinate to the formerly low hen on the pole.
You can try clipping the agressor's beaks, I haven't done that, because the aggressors are usually really good layers, and tend to keep the rest of your flock in line.
If you're not interested in clipping, try culling! The weather *is* changing, and Chicken & dumplings is quite a tasty dish on those cold fall evenings.
I prefer to seperate, and add to the flock. You'll be able to try out different combinations of layer & grains & forage to find the best mix for laying, all the while maintaining a control group (your original flock) that will keep you fryin' eggs until you've prooved a different regimen to be better.
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Posted 04 October 2004 - 08:24 PM
Alas, I've read through a few threads and found this to be a forum that suits our country-living lifestyle... just so's you all have a bit of background on us....
We live in NW Washington State, on a small island. We've got four lovely girls ages 18mos to 9 years, a dozen chickens (Rhodies, Wynadotes, Orpingtons, and a New Hampshire) five runner ducks, a Golden Retriever and a
And no, I don't plan on putting anyone in line... I'll just offer help when I can, and ask questions when I'm stumped.
Posted 12 October 2004 - 01:25 AM
I'm wondering how much cider vinegar I would put in a bucket of water?
Well, the hen healed and I let her out. I've checked on her for a few days and there seems to be no fighting.
Another weird thing is that we are getting hardly any eggs this past month and when the hens do lay by the time we go get the eggs (we gather them daily), we find the top of the shell has been pecked so we can't use the egg. What would cause this?
I thought maybe they need calcium so I started throwing them oyster shell but the pecking still hasn't stopped. Is this behavior something that happens when they moult? (sp?)
Posted 12 October 2004 - 06:48 AM
Oyster shell is supposed to help with keeping hard shells on the eggs they lay, but I don't know about keeping the hens from pecking eggs.
Or it could just be that the shorter days are having an effect on the laying. They tend to slow down egg production in the fall and winter. That's why some people put a light in the hen house (on a timer or not).
Hopefully "Henrietta" has learned to avoid the meanie.
Posted 12 October 2004 - 01:32 PM
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