Why Chickens Kill Each Other? (4 Possible Known Reasons)

You have probably had your chicken for weeks or months but you haven’t come across all the horror of chickens killing each other. If you have, then you have probably wondered why chickens kill each other.

Well, in this article I am going to tell you some possible reasons why chickens kill each other.

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Why Chickens Kill Each Other?

Given below are some of the best possible reasons that you should keep in mind:

1. The chicken is not part of the flock

If a new chicken is introduced to the flock, they can gang up against the new chicken and if it’s weak, it can be killed easily.

So, it is better to introduce the new chicken when you are there to watch the whole activity and in the night separate that chicken to minimize the risk.

Repeat it for a few days until the chickens get used to the new one.

2. They can kill mates if they’re sick or injured

Chicken can bully a sick or injured chicken to death. This is common because they are omnivorous and can attack the injured chicken to death.

3. Chicken can bully or peck each other

Another common reason why chickens kill each other is bullying. They can bully and peck a weak chicken because they feel it’s a threat to the rest of the flock.

Why it is so?

Well, no one knows the exact reason but probably they think that the injured chicken is putting the rest of them at the risk of predators.

4. Aggression

If the boss chicken is aggressive, he can easily kill the young and weak chicken. This is common especially if another chicken has been introduced to the park.

Another reason could be mating and one of the chickens wants to show his superiority and strength.

The Bottom Line!

I hope after reading this article you have got the answer to the question of why chickens kill each other.

If I missed something that you know then feel free to share it in the comments and I’d be happy to add it to my list.

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