What you can do:
Provide additional stimulation and enrichment
Providing enrichment and changing the social structure by removing or adding individuals may help. In rare cases, aggression can advance to cannibalism. Interestingly, broilers and free-ranging chickens are more likely to show these problems because egg-laying chickens in mass production are usually confined to small groups.
Suspend a corn cob on string in the hens run. This will occupy hens for hours! A bale of oaten hay in the enclosure will allow them to scratch & forage for food which are natural behaviours. You can collect this each week and add to your garden so it’s a win win!
Grooming and feather care are part of normal hygiene in chickens and can also be social activities. Dust baths can help reduce the incidence of feather picking.
Select a genetically well rounded bird!
It is no surprise that some behaviours such as food intake, nesting, egg production and temperament are genetically controlled. Always select hens that are vaccinated too to ensure that your flock won’t slowly die off from preventable diseases. A sick bird will feel stressed and will eventually show signs of this making them a prime target to agressive behaviour from other birds. All of our hens are breeds that areprolific layers! They are 98% guaranteed to be hens & are fully vaccinated. We sell day old chicks and adult hens ready to lay.
Ensure there are several water & feeding stations in the hens run!
Food competition is quite normal in any flock. Always have plenty of fresh high quality chook food available and a constant supply of fresh water. We supply a complete range of high quality chook food from chick starter to layer mixes.
Our range of organic food is also available and a great way of knowing that your hens will be laying you organic eggs! We recommend that you have at least 2 feeders and 2 water dispensers for every 5 hens.
Free ranging and pecking order.
We recommend that you allow your hens out for most of the day to scratch, forage and exercise. This will provide plenty of space between any hens that may show signs of aggression. As with any group, your flock of hens will have a distinct pecking order. Hens that are at the top of the heirachy will always eat first, drink first enter the hen house first and so on. Once pecking order is established and birds are fully grown, it usually remains unchallenged unless one of the birds becomes stronger, healthier or matures and challenges the hen higher up the pecking order.
Remember, always secure your hens in their hen house at night to keep them safe from foxes and other predators.
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