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Now that there's snow, my chickens love pecking and eating it. They'll often have snow on their beaks and others will come peck the snow off. Today I noticed their beaks look a little raw and I think it's from pecking snow off each other. Is this normal?
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I would think they are just redder from being cold, my birds will also peck food off each others beaks, it's normal.
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Now that there's snow, my chickens love pecking and eating it. They'll often have snow on their beaks and others will come peck the snow off. Today I noticed their beaks look a little raw and I think it's from pecking snow off each other. Is this normal?

Not sure what this means?

 

Pecking food or snow of each others beaks is pretty normal.

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Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

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Quoting centrarchid:

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Not sure what this means?

Pecking food or snow of each others beaks is pretty normal.

They're pecking snow off each other's beaks, but looks like their damaging each other's beaks in the process. Beaks look worn and a bit damaged - I see the pecking and it's not malicious, but I'm thinking because they do it so often they're Beaks are getting hurt now. Don't know if there's anything I can do about it, but wondering if anyone else has experienced this. Thanks.
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