Pecking Order

Mini, our smallest chicken, is at the bottom of the pecking order. Miny especially likes to go after her.  It has gotten to the point when they go into the coop at night that Miny chases Mini out of the coop. I wasn’t home one night when they put themselves to bed and when I closed the coop/run door and checked in on the ladies ( and Jack), it was dark and hard to see, so when I counted 5 chickens, I just recounted and still came up with 5.  Walking around the run there is Mini asleep in the bridge between the coop and run.  I opened the door and gently pushed her into the coop for the night.

How do I fix this??

I look at problems and try to find a mechanical fix, something I can build to solve the problem.  Separate rooms sounded like a bit much, but perhaps a divider on the roost so Mini has a chance to  roost in peace and not be pecked by Miny. This is what we did with a scrap piece of plexi-glass (never throw out anything, you may need it someday).

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I’m pleased to report that this is working rather well.

Ed

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1 comment
  1. What a totally creative way to solve the problem! I would have never thought of that. Glad its working.

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