Originally Posted by MizPriz
Thanks for the advice. I'll keep up the training. It's so frustrating. I put her back in and she was instantly back at the pecking feathers business. She got to where she knew she was gonna get poked, so she would pick and run like the wind. Then a couple of them were chest bumping. Makes me wonder if some of my "pullets" are really cockerels.
Finally got them settled down & put them to bed for the night. She seemed ok this morning, so I left her in with them when I went to work. Came home to check on the a couple hours later & found that she had pecked one until there was blood, and the other two until they had new bald spots :( Then I noticed the others picking at each others spots again. I covered them again with Pick no More and put them back in. Then the offender began pecking at the black Australorps whom she has never bothered before. (She only picked on the other Buff Orpingtons) Took out the offender and put her in solitary again until I can be there with them this evening.
Wow, she is a bad case. can you put her in a cage within the brooder so she can see and not touch the others when you are not around? I hate to say it, but after the hell i've been through with my cluck-cluck, (she is still wearing peepers, and it helps some, but I have two that have large bald spots) if I had one that bad, that young, that is drawing blood, and that doesn't learn after a couple days of being poked.... well, she might go away. :( This is disruptive to the whole flock.
Some of my other ones also picked up the bad habbit, it spead. so the others will grab a feather now and again. after sunday the temp is suppose to drop, i'm throwing hen saddles on the three that get picked (one being my number one hen, i've only got 5), they will probably have them on for a couple of months until all their feathers grow back. hard thing with that is, when I take the saddles off, the others are used to seeing them with saddles and will start picking (this happened before) some that are being picked now pick. it is terrible.
I just got done making my run way bigger so that hopefully the extra room will help them stay out of reach. we will see. If you want to see my run for just 5 chickens, check out "My Coop" under my avatar.
Here is poor mother (SLW) and goose (EE) who get picked the most, they look terrible:
Edited by Cluckies - 9/25/15 at 8:02am