A bul­ly­ing bird may need a spell of quar­an­tine

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QI have one hen who con­stantly picks on an­other. Is this the peck­ing or­der es­tab­lish­ing it­self or is it bul­ly­ing?

AAndy Cawthray says: If there is con­stant ag­gres­sion by one bird to­ward an­other sub­or­di­nate bird then this is un­likely to be the peck­ing or­der es­tab­lish­ing it­self, and it can be down to straight­for­ward bul­ly­ing be­hav­iour. In these in­stances the bully should be re­moved from the flock and placed in a quar­an­tine cage for a week or two un­til the sub­or­di­nate gets a chance to set­tle.

Do not re­move the bul­lied hen (un­less it is per­ma­nently to a new lo­ca­tion) as its rein­tro­duc­tion to the flock will in­vari­ably re­sult in a re­turn of the bul­ly­ing be­hav­iour.

Some­times one chicken will show ag­gres­sion to­wards an­other. If that hap­pens, the bully may need quar­an­tin­ing for a week or two

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