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"Top" chicken biting others' feet on roost

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I noticed a pretty bad sore on the top of one of my lower ranking chickens foot. After treating it and separating her for a day, I noticed smaller sores on a couple others feet in the same spot. I then saw my highest ranking chicken biting, not just pecking, really biting the feet of chickens she seemed to not want on her roost at bed time. So far I was able to see she roosted last and it was dark enough she couldn't see to get to that roost and had to use a lower one. Any suggestions? Not sure why she is so aggressive lately, but I need to put my pullets in with them soon as well hmm.png
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You should always have multiple roosts. Lower members aren't allowed to roost near higher members. Certainly they need to be a few feet away from each other, as far away as possible.
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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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I think the issue is the lower ranked chickens are roosting on the top edge of the frame, between the coop and the roof. So not really meant to be a roost, and then the other chicken didn't like them being higher. Otherwise, I have about four levels of roosts. But maybe the coop is to compact. I think it's 4'x4'. I have 5 chickens right now.
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