Char­lotte’s Chickens

Char­lotte Popescu

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If I end up res­cu­ing a hen, it is usu­ally be­cause she is be­ing bul­lied and needs lots of TLC, while get­ting used to be­ing with my large, un­ruly flock. This time, though, I needed to res­cue a hen who was ac­tu­ally the bully and was in dan­ger of be­ing put down; she was be­ing kept in con­fined quar­ters and could not stop pecking her two house­mates; ba­si­cally she gave them hell all day! She is a Speck­ledy hy­brid and just un­der a year old. The fates must have been lis­ten­ing be­cause I had just lost my own Speck­ledy who was about four years old so it was lovely to be able to give a home to this new girl.

I kept her in her own hutch and run for a few days but when I let her out, she went straight af­ter one of my lit­tle ban­tams with feath­ered feet. I didn’t want her ter­ror­is­ing my flock so I put her back in con­fine­ment. The next time I let her out, my wheaten Marans at­tacked her so she fi­nally got a dose of her own medicine. She then cow­ered be­hind me for a while. I think that will have solved the prob­lem and she has been put in her place. She has now set­tled in very well and seems to be very friendly with my new Black Sus­sex. Ob­vi­ously the new­bies have teamed up. She has also re­alised her place as the cock­erels have also as­serted their author­ity over her.

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ABOVE: The Speck­ledy bully gets a taste of her own medicine IN­SET: The bully in re­pose

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