Originally Posted by mel890711
I'm brand new to raising chickens -- I brought my first chickens home 3 days ago. This evening as I was bringing my chickens in for the night, I spent about an hour in the coop observing them. I noticed one chicken was pecking at another chicken. This happened while they were on the floor of the coop and when they were deciding which nesting box to sit in. Is it normal behavior for chickens to peck at others?
Also, I felt like perhaps the chickens had lost a few feathers. Is it normal for chickens to lose feathers? Or could it be from the pecking?
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Post above describes the pecking nicely.
As long as there's no blood shed or anyone sis being pinned down and beaten unceasingly, just let them work it out.
You don't want them roosting(sleeping) in the nest boxes, those are for laying eggs only.
They poop a lot at night and sleeping in the nests will make for poopy eggs...or a LOT of cleaning daily.
Do they have roosting bars for sleeping, that are higher by about a foot than the nests?
Pics of inside coop would help us help you understand more.
Losing a few feathers can be normal.....but...
More info on how old your birds are, and pics, might help.