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Bantam Cochin being picked on, anything I can do?

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Hello everyone,
My smallest lady has been getting picked on now for sometime. It seemed to only start happening when she started laying. She is a bantam cochin and took a lot long to start than my buffs and EE's. Since she has everytime she tries to lay they peck her in the head. This has resulted in missing feathers and a bloody comb. I know there is a pecking order and she does tend to sit on the eggs longer than need be but is there anything I can do to help her? I've changed the laying boxes and moved their location. They are so stubborn though!
post #2 of 4

You could give them a treat so that it will distract them. It will let your Bantam Cochin be able to lay. You can get a seed block at Tractor Supply.

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I would recommend you not keep a bantam with large breeds. Often what you are seeing is what happens. They are more meek and don't act the same as larger breeds. They could eventually kill her. I would set her up in her own coop and get a few more bantam for her own flock.
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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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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How much space(feet by feet) for how many birds?

Might try a curtain on nest opening.

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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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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