I have managed to upset the pecking order of the chooks instantly today and it was a brutal business, i still have 3 chooks and a growing baby chook.
I just hope they can work it out themselves overnight but i am so nervous it’s ridiculous.
I am not entirely sure why but the mother hen, and the other hen who played second fiddle to the black one, both have blood all down their fronts, the baby is fine thank god. Maybe the black chook has had a go at both of them? Or they have had a go at each other through the fence which is covered in blood too?
God knows what i will find in the morning, the only thing i do know is it wasn’t Baxer, i didn’t expect to have to worry about the chooks injuring each other that badly!
HAPPY UPDATE: i am so relieved for the chooks today, there was a bit of grumbling but i think they have settled on their places. By bedtime the mother hen was in the nesting box with her baby and the two other chooks were both sleeping on the roost WHEW!
HORRIBLE CHOOKS: a rough day today, this morning the chooks stopped pecking each other and had a go at the baby, too viciously for it to survive, what is it with cruel chooks?!