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Post by MrsNesbitt on 14th August 2010, 6:21 pm

2 of my hens were broody - so a neighbour offered some eggs for them to sit on, 3 weeks ago. We took the hens over to his place where he had kindly set up a coop for them - after a few minor disasters one egg has been successfully hatched and hen and chick are doing fine.

The other hen is now back here. Unfortunately the other 4 hens started pecking at her so I have placed her in a seperate shed with food and water as she has lost weight!

Any suggestions please?
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Post by Guest on 28th August 2010, 2:06 pm

Sorry I have not been on for a while....
You could try putting the pecked hen with only one of the other four hens for a while so that they become a 'team' and they in turn will be less likely to be picked on by the others when the flock is reunited.

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Post by MrsNesbitt on 28th August 2010, 2:24 pm



Well 2 weeks down the line and all seems to be getting back to normal. She laid an egg this morning so I am hoping this is a sign she is feeling happier! She is going into the henhouse on an evening - I did leave a spare shed door open but she chose to go in with the others.

Still keeping an eye on matters tho. Thanx Dx

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Post by Compostwoman on 28th August 2010, 4:23 pm

For future reference, I have found making up a small enclosure from wire inside the hen run, so the others can see the bullied hen but not get to her...

Obviously try the "putting in the house with the others at night" tactic, when they are all sleepy and less likely to peck her. Dusting them all with Barrier (lavender smelling) louse powder is a good trick as well as it makes them all smell the same ( and kills lice!)

Sorry , I didn't spot this post when you first did it Mrs N

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Post by MrsNesbitt on 28th August 2010, 4:46 pm

No probs CW! Will get some of this Barrier lavender smelling stuff too!


The other hen is a perfect mother to the chick - I have told neighbours they can keep her for as long as required - any thoughts?

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Post by Dandelion on 20th September 2011, 8:49 pm

Having bought two new hens I'm beginning to appreciate how hard it is to get them all to live together peacefully at first. I think we're making progress, but let's just say that I'm sitting here smelling of anti-pecking spray having had to douse our remaining hen in the stuff. (It's not the lovely lavender stuff - it's the coal tar with attitude stuff!!) Ah well, it'll probably stop the kids pecking me at school tomorrow!

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Post by mr_sfstk8d on 21st September 2011, 1:32 am

Does it work on bickering teenogres? They usually stay in their own caves, but if they are both out foraging for food at the same time it can get risky, lol.
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Post by Dandelion on 21st September 2011, 7:59 pm

The good news is that I didn't get pecked at school today, and the hens seem to be sorting themselves out (unless today was a blip!) I've sat next to the henhouse every evening this week as they all go in together (it's the only time they've been together in the day), and they squabbled for a couple of days but tonight they all went in without a fuss. It did remind me of when our kids were young and naughty at bedtime - I nearly shouted at the chickens 'If I have to come up there......' last night!!

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