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Date Posted: Friday, August 25, 12:28:02pm
Author: Mands
Author Host/IP: pool-71-244-120-220.albyny.fios.verizon.net / 71.244.120.220
Subject: Interesting.

You guys are probably familiar with the drama associated of keeping buttons in happy little groups, where one bird does not spontaneously try to kill one of its cagemates. Raise them together, introduce with a Howdy Box, etc. But it's generally been agreed that raising buttons together from eggs in a comfortable space is harmonious.

Two of my girls that have been together all of their lives had to be separated last night because one turned on the other and left a wound in the back of her head.

I haven't been around to observe them as much as I would've liked the last two weeks, but I think it was a territory thing. Harp suddenly decided she wanted the entire cage in case a hot male came along, and Sakura was competition. They began laying eggs earlier this month, but this was the only thing in their environment to change.

It's odd because hens are normally portrayed as these docile little lumps that get along with everyone and keep the evil, sex-crazed males from killing each other. But at least in my experience, they are more aggressive and territorial than males. By contrast, two males I've been housing together since February are completely peaceful and go through all the activities of a bonded pair. (Poor Pippin seems to be the hen in this couple.)

Experiences? Comments? Arguments?

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