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  1. Hi everyone, Was just after a bit of advice if anyone has any. We integrated two hens in July. We did it slowly over a couple of weeks and after a few more weeks they were all friends, dust bathing together and there weren’t many problems. About a week ago, one of the hens specifically has been picking on one of the smaller ones. She will just peck at her randomly and chase her a bit. We try and allow them to free range for about 5 hours a day outside of work, and she will still do it in the garden. Luckily I have never seen her bleeding. The smaller hen just makes a short sharp clucking (fairly constantly) when she comes near, and tends to flap up somewhere to avoid. I’ve also noticed she will just sit dead and stare until she’s gone past. We went away this weekend and came back and she was in the Eglu tucked in the corner. I was really worried about her and gave her a lot of TLC. Her comb and wattle is still very red. She’s eating and drinking, but every time you turn your back she’s back on the nest. It does look like she’s tried to line it with a few feathers and I’ve noticed her picking up straw in the garden like she is wanting to use it and shes really fluffed up when she’s in there. I keep trying to get her out (she doesn’t complain very much) to make sure she comes out for food and water, but is there anyway I can work our either way if she’s scared and hiding or broody? Any suggestions to stop the bullying? I worry about them enough - not sure I can cope with the little one being bullied too! Thank you
  2. Hi everyone, Was just after a bit of advice if anyone has any. Sorry I also seem to have posted this twice as can’t delete from wrong forum 🤦🏽‍♀️ We integrated two hens in July. We did it slowly over a couple of weeks and after a few more weeks they were all friends, dust bathing together and there weren’t many problems. About a week ago, one of the hens specifically has been picking on one of the smaller ones. She will just peck at her randomly and chase her a bit. We try and allow them to free range for about 5 hours a day outside of work, and she will still do it in the garden. Luckily I have never seen her bleeding. The smaller hen just makes a short sharp clucking (fairly constantly) when she comes near, and tends to flap up somewhere to avoid. I’ve also noticed she will just sit dead and stare until she’s gone past. We went away this weekend and came back and she was in the Eglu tucked in the corner. I was really worried about her and gave her a lot of TLC. Her comb and wattle is still very red. She’s eating and drinking, but every time you turn your back she’s back on the nest. It does look like she’s tried to line it with a few feathers and I’ve noticed her picking up straw in the garden like she is wanting to use it and shes really fluffed up when she’s in there. I keep trying to get her out (she doesn’t complain very much) to make sure she comes out for food and water, but is there anyway I can work our either way if she’s scared and hiding or broody? Any suggestions to stop the bullying? I worry about them enough - not sure I can cope with the little one being bullied too! Thank you
  3. Hi I’m looking for some advice regarding the introduction of new hens with existing birds. We have 2 hybrid hens who have enjoyed a whole Eglu Cube and large indoor run to themselves for 3 years. This spring we’ve brought 3 new hybrid hens and given them the Eglu Cube and Run. The old hens we housed nearby in a separate house and run in the beginning for health reasons while our new birds settle in although they were all able to see and talk to each other. About 1 month later we started the process of mixing them together, which we began to do late afternoons and early evenings. We expected some fighting while they all find their position in the flock. However all we seem to see is the same behaviour. The old hens are mixed with the new girls and immediately chase the new hens onto a high perch where the old hens stay below and circle like sharks. If anyone is brave enough to come down, they are chased back up. When it’s bed time, the old hens either patrol the bottom of the house and stop anyone entering, or go to bed and peck the new hens until they leave the house. I recognise this process will take time but am I doing anything wrong? Does anyone have any advice that could help? Thanks in advance for any help offered.
  4. Hi everyone! I currently have 4 ducks and a drake. I’ve had the ducks over a year and 4 month ago adopted a drake to save him. Everything was going smoothly and everyone was getting on well until now... lately my drake has taken a huge dislike to one of the girls, it’s got so bad that now he won’t let her eat or drink and if she goes anywhere near it she gets attacked. If she tries to go near the other girls she gets attacked. So all day every day she just wanders round the garden all alone. She’s missing quite a few feathers now around her body. Before anyone suggests it he’s not trying to mate with her, he mates with the other girls but not her just constantly attacks her in a vicious way. The only time she gets to get close with the other girls now is if I put the drake in the enclosure alone. Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated

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