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Anti Chick Pick

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In the last 3 days I have had 3 chickens succumb to being picked to death by their peers. The only reason has not been 4 deaths in 3 days is because I am currently doctoring a chicken i found only an hour ago. This is the first time I have ever had problems with my chickens literally eating each other. They have picked before but they have became literal carnivores. I thought if I got rid of the rooster that I thought was the cause things would stop but they havent. I am sure however that he was the root cause of all these shenanigans.

 

So, my question is, does anybody have a recipe for a homemade hot pick/anti pick spray or cream? I know that you can buy hot pick from Murray McMurray Hatchery but I feel like time is of the essence and if I can make something at home before more of my flock get picked to death then that would be fantastic. 

 

Thank you in advance for your help.

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I think you may need to cull the offending peck them to death chicken.  It (or they) have developed a taste for chicken and this behavior may not stop!  More may join in on the habit the longer you wait.  Do you even have the ability to separate out the offenders?

"When raising chickens you must think like a chicken...NOT like a human!"

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies-diseases-injuries-before-they-happen 

 

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"When raising chickens you must think like a chicken...NOT like a human!"

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies-diseases-injuries-before-they-happen 

 

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At this time I don't have any way to segregate my birds. I have been in the process of moving and I haven't gotten all of my fence panels yet. I had a rooster that I am sure was the root cause and he is gone now but aside from him I cannot say who the offenders are... Cuz I think it is all of them not being pecked.
I've had chickens pick before but not like this. This literally happened over a 4 day period
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