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My hen is pecking herself so much she is bleeding???

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I am not sure the breed because everyone has told me different, but she is 8 wks old, and she is pecking herself so much she is bleeding on her back right side by her tail feathers. is this okay? do i need to get her medication or something? please help!!! thank you so much!!!
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Are you positive she is doing this to herself and it isn't a result of your other birds plucking her? How many birds do you have? How much space? What are you feeding them?

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Are you positive she is doing this to herself and it isn't a result of your other birds plucking her? How many birds do you have? How much space? What are you feeding them?

i watched her digging back there. i didn't see any of the others plucking her. i have 5, with plenty of space in the coop and run. could this be a result of roosters being with them? i just finished there first bag of chick starter food.
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Buy Blue KOTE from a farm supply store. Separate her because the other ones will eat her alive.

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Originally Posted by keesmom View Post

Are you positive she is doing this to herself and it isn't a result of your other birds plucking her? How many birds do you have? How much space? What are you feeding them?

i watched her digging back there. i didn't see any of the others plucking her. i have 5, with plenty of space in the coop and run. could this be a result of roosters being with them? i just finished there first bag of chick starter food.

Only the 5 eight week old chicks?

What are the 'roosters' you speak of?

Have you examined her closely for mites/lice?

Wonders if it could be a broken pin feather....or is there a flesh wound?

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."

Reply
post #6 of 6

Once the chicks see blood they will pick at it. As someone else mentioned it needs to be separated or they will pick it until it dies.

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