One of my hens began to shun the rest, but she did not complain about the lack of appetite. Just keeps himself apart, and everyone else beats her. How to explain it? (Helena)
Such a problem is the eternal misfortune of many kurovods. The fact is that birds have a very rigid hierarchy, where the principle “the strongest survives” rules. Very often, this behavior is also the result of the herd instinct. For example, if several new species are added to one herd. This will be inevitable if the young chicken came to the "old women".
However, it is not surprising if the chickens peck at each other from one brood. Here, most likely, the principle of "less quantity - more feed." Many hen-leaders thus establish their hierarchy. And others, taking her leadership, support such aggressive behavior. Often, they choose weaker and more vulnerable individuals as prey.
If we say, in general, it is a kind of "hazing", which often manifests itself in people. What to do? The simplest thing is to sow the poor thing from the rest of the hens. But this will not solve the problem, because she will remain a hermit and will suffer from loneliness. Another way is to slightly trim the beaks of aggressive individuals.