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Why You Gotta Be So Mean?

If you follow my blog and social media, then you know Nelly.  She is our overly-friendly Buff Orpington hen who thinks she is more of a lap dog than a chicken.  So much so that I wrote a children's book about it. She is the first to greet you when going outside, she follows you around the yard and gets in the middle of everything. When family and friends come over they are always amazed and entertained by her friendly antics.

But there's actually a side of Nelly you may not know about...a dark side.  Nelly is not a fan of our sweet, 11-year-old yellow lab named Kramer.  She's a bit of a bully.  (So much so I wrote a children's book about this, too!)  If Kramer comes anywhere near Nelly she lets him have it!  But what amazes me about the bullying is Kramer's patience.  This dog could end Nelly's life in a second if he wanted to, but he doesn't.  I understand that Kramer's animal instincts could kick in one day and he could get deadly revenge, but the bullying has been going on for two years now and he just takes it from her. Why? Maybe they have an agreement I don't know about...You can peck me all you want as long as you let me snack on your feed and eat your poop.  (Yuck!)

Does anyone else have a bully chicken?


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  1. We have mean Missy. She was one of the smaller chickens when I got her and her flock mates at eight weeks old. She's made her way up to the top of the flock and is a bully to one of the other chickens. Especially around the feed bowl. Even when they're outside free ranging she runs her off. We put out more food and that helps, but Missy is still a bit of a jerk.


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