Fighting

Discussion in 'Behavior & Flock Management' started by BarredRock123, Dec 20, 2012.

  1. BarredRock123

    BarredRock123 New Member

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    The other hens used to pick on her a lot but all of sudden, the pecking stopped. Then a couple of weeks later, I came to put food in their bowl and I saw her picking a fight with my Sussex. I quickly separated them but the little hen went across the pen to pick another fight with my easter egger. What can I do to stop it?
     
  2. 7chicks

    7chicks New Member

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    Mine are quite often changing their pecking order. I have no roo's to keep the hens in order so they set their own. For the longest time Crabbie Abbie was top queen of the roost. Then Chloe took that role. The pecking is their way of working it out. When mine get too out of hand, I have a spray bottle handy in the coop to squirt the out-of-line sassy. For me, it stops the fighting right then. They're too busy trying to figure out where that water came from to think about pecking for awhile.
     

  3. Energyvet

    Energyvet New Member

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    I've been carrying my Roos around lately to calm them down. So far so good.
     
  4. piglett

    piglett Senior Member

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    you need a rooster
    without one things are not 100% normal for the hens
    the alpha hen will take on the role of roo the best she can
    she will look out for the flock & attack anything that wishes to harm the others. however the hens will always be a little on edge
    get a nice sized roo & watch them calm rite down


    piglett
     
  5. patlet

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    <====has too many roosters. Would love to give some away!
     
  6. patlet

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    This works for me too. I'll carry them by their ankles if they're really nasty.
     
  7. piglett

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    using them as a feather duster in all the corners of the coop works well too. they quickly have a new outlook :))))))
     
  8. patlet

    patlet New Member

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    Tee hee... Boy they settle right down don't they!
     
  9. piglett

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    i will not have a mean animal.
    the one they really need to watch out for is my Philippina wife, she is the one who does the processing. if they make her too mad she will have them chopped up & in a ziplock bag chilling in the freezer within 20 min.
    she may be small but she has a big meat cleaver :D
     
  10. piglett

    piglett Senior Member

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    whoops double post
     
  11. Energyvet

    Energyvet New Member

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    wow!.............
     
  12. kathyg

    kathyg New Member

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    I have his this in the past with my hens and I can say that you do NOT need another Rooster. What I did was to take the naughty one out of the flock for 3 days and keep her by herself. When she goes back into the flock she will then have lost her status as 'top' hen and she should be calmer. Worked for mine anyway :)
     
  13. piglett

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    if there is no roosters in the flock then yes having a rooster will help
    now having 20 roosters will not but 1 would.



    piglett
     
  14. Sundancers

    Sundancers New Member

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    Chickens have a pecking order till we humans say different ... Let them work it out. (Or pay the price)

    But no matter what you try ... Mother Nature will win out in the end!
     
  15. piglett

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    maybe the little hen woke up & said
    "i'm mad as hell & i'm not taking it anymore":eek::eek::eek:
     
  16. Energyvet

    Energyvet New Member

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    Piglet! Network! I love that line!
     
  17. Bluerooster

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    An' pitched her TV out th' window. ;)
     
  18. piglett

    piglett Senior Member

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