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Date Posted: 10:19:56 09/22/10 Wed
Author: Rhonda
Author Host/IP: 76.6.195.22
Subject: Re: 2 more things...
In reply to: Michaela 's message, "2 more things..." on 01:54:33 09/22/10 Wed

Hi Michaela,

Welcome to the board and don't every apologize for posting too much! That's what this place is for!

You should remove your female who is being picked on immediately. The situation will not improve at all. It will only get worse, until her feathers are plucked and she is bleeding. You can put her in a large plastic storage box that you have made boink proof... or you can put up some type of partition in your current cage to keep her isolated from the other two. She can live alone, or you can get her another male, if you wish. But, if you do get another male, please introduce them slowly, to avoid the same situation.

Females lay eggs every day, although in the winter months, egg laying slacks off. (Has to do with the amount of light they get.) So you should have fertile eggs now! If that hen decides to become broody, you will have chicks!!!

You asked what is causing the aggressive behavior -- it's just the pecking order! We've found that buttons do not do well in groups, unless there is plenty of space for them. Trios can work; we've had them work at times and not at other times.

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