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