Fighting hens

Discussion in 'Behavior & Flock Management' started by Diizzybear, Sep 18, 2012.

  1. Diizzybear

    Diizzybear New Member

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    Is there something you can do to stop hens fighting or if not how long do they fight for when putting new hens in together ?
     
  2. sorrowsmiles

    sorrowsmiles New Member

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    Hmm I would try separating them with something like chicken wire or poultry netting-that way they can still see eachother, but not attack one another. Then, after a time, gradually reintroduce them and let them work out the pecking order while being supervised. After that, if theres a hen or two that's just too aggressive constantly I would rehome them :( Hope this helps! Good luck!
     

  3. rob

    rob New Member

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    mine fought at first, just sorting out pecking order, it didnt last long although they stil have a little face off now and again.
     
  4. earlyt89

    earlyt89 New Member

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    I have game hens with spurs and they will fight just like a gamecock. So separation is necessary sometimes. I have one hen that has to be seperated from all other hens and roosters. Shell fight anything. But still gives me 5 eggs a week
     
  5. Diizzybear

    Diizzybear New Member

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    Thanks for all comments guys give it a few days more and if still fighting I will separate
     
  6. anderson8505

    anderson8505 New Member

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    If they are just pecking a bit at each other then tending to go their separate ways, they should work it out eventually. If you have one aggressive hen picking on everyone or a few of them constantly and causing anxiety and or injury, separate her for at least a week and try again. Sometimes, like sorrowsmiles says, it's best to rehome responsibly or eat the aggressive hen. Chickens have personalities, as I'm sure you've witnessed, and who needs a bad hen causing injuries when there are so many great birds out there?