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How do I stop my chickens from pecking each other? *GRAPHIC PICTURES*

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Yesterday I went outside to let the chickens out, and I noticed that one of the newer chickens that I recently bought had a entire chunk of skin pulled off!! I believe that one of my older Lavender Orpingtons did that to the younger chicken! I realized that one Lavender Orpington kept on picking one the two newbies. It looked like she was purposely trying to yank out feathers out of her neck! I have some pictures of the younger chicken who is injured.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What should use to treat this? And how do I stop the chickens from really hurting each other?

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Some people are like Slinkies. They aren't really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to my face when I push them down a flight of stairs.

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When I bring a newbie into the flock I create a small pen in the run where they are separated . They won't be able to fight or hurt each other. If you do it for about a month, its works perfect and they will let her in the flock
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When I bring a newbie into the flock I create a small pen in the run where they are separated . They won't be able to fight or hurt each other. If you do it for about a month, its works perfect and they will let her in the flock

I let my chickens free range everyday, and I dont have any chicken tractors. How would it work? I have the two newbies separated in a new chicken coop that I just built. The chicken coops are right next to each other.. will that work?

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. - Albert Einstein 

 

 

Some people are like Slinkies. They aren't really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to my face when I push them down a flight of stairs.

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Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. - Albert Einstein 

 

 

Some people are like Slinkies. They aren't really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to my face when I push them down a flight of stairs.

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post #4 of 20
You can get pin-less peepers for your bully hen. They are little plastic blinders that you place onto your chicken's beaks so they won't be able to see/peck. At first, they're a little bothersome to the chicken it's applied to, but they soon get the hang of it. http://www.randallburkey.com/Pin-Less-Peepers-100-Pkg/productinfo/10097/#.UUPQMpG9KSM

http://the-spice-girls.blogspot.com/2012/01/pinless-peeper.html
Proud owner of a Shih Tzu (Snickers), 4 cats (Peppy, Gizmo, Lil Kitty, and Lindy), 2 chinchillas (Ivory & Ebony), 4 guinea pigs (Ozzie, Freckles, Baby Girl, and Zack), 18 wonderful chickens, 5 quacking ducks, and a beta fish RIP ChiChi & Chia <3
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Proud owner of a Shih Tzu (Snickers), 4 cats (Peppy, Gizmo, Lil Kitty, and Lindy), 2 chinchillas (Ivory & Ebony), 4 guinea pigs (Ozzie, Freckles, Baby Girl, and Zack), 18 wonderful chickens, 5 quacking ducks, and a beta fish RIP ChiChi & Chia <3
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You can get pin-less peepers for your bully hen. They are little plastic blinders that you place onto your chicken's beaks so they won't be able to see/peck. At first, they're a little bothersome to the chicken it's applied to, but they soon get the hang of it. http://www.randallburkey.com/Pin-Less-Peepers-100-Pkg/productinfo/10097/#.UUPQMpG9KSM

http://the-spice-girls.blogspot.com/2012/01/pinless-peeper.html

Thats interesting... I have never heard of those!! I will defiantly put that into consideration...

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. - Albert Einstein 

 

 

Some people are like Slinkies. They aren't really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to my face when I push them down a flight of stairs.

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Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. - Albert Einstein 

 

 

Some people are like Slinkies. They aren't really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to my face when I push them down a flight of stairs.

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post #6 of 20
I've heard they work great!
Proud owner of a Shih Tzu (Snickers), 4 cats (Peppy, Gizmo, Lil Kitty, and Lindy), 2 chinchillas (Ivory & Ebony), 4 guinea pigs (Ozzie, Freckles, Baby Girl, and Zack), 18 wonderful chickens, 5 quacking ducks, and a beta fish RIP ChiChi & Chia <3
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Proud owner of a Shih Tzu (Snickers), 4 cats (Peppy, Gizmo, Lil Kitty, and Lindy), 2 chinchillas (Ivory & Ebony), 4 guinea pigs (Ozzie, Freckles, Baby Girl, and Zack), 18 wonderful chickens, 5 quacking ducks, and a beta fish RIP ChiChi & Chia <3
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I've heard they work great!

Okay! Cool... I might have to get myself some of those!

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. - Albert Einstein 

 

 

Some people are like Slinkies. They aren't really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to my face when I push them down a flight of stairs.

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Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. - Albert Einstein 

 

 

Some people are like Slinkies. They aren't really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to my face when I push them down a flight of stairs.

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Originally Posted by OrpieLover31 View Post

I let my chickens free range everyday, and I dont have any chicken tractors. How would it work? I have the two newbies separated in a new chicken coop that I just built. The chicken coops are right next to each other.. will that work?

Yes, anything that allows them to spend the day right alongside and visible to the older birds but still separate will work.  The older birds need plenty of time, think weeks, to get used to seeing new birds every day before they are put together.  Putting newbies in too soon will often result in nasty injuries like this and worse.  The extra effort is well worth it.  Sometimes if the older ones get it in their heads to attack and peck like this they don't always stop, no matter what you do.  If you give them enough time to get bored with each other pecking order scuffles are usually minor.  Usually!


Edited by cafarmgirl - 3/15/13 at 7:07pm
wife to long suffering husband who has built more miles of fence, barns, coops and enclosures then one man should have to, two teenage boys, current flock of 13 assorted hens, 1 big red roo and a list of other assorted farm animals. 
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wife to long suffering husband who has built more miles of fence, barns, coops and enclosures then one man should have to, two teenage boys, current flock of 13 assorted hens, 1 big red roo and a list of other assorted farm animals. 
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post #9 of 20
That could work. It will take time though. What we did was cut the run in half with chicken wire and placed the new chicken on one side and the regular flock on the other. If you do that then just take a day without free ranging so they can be near other. Eventually you can remove it have no problems. Good luck
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Yes, anything that allows them to spend the day right alongside the older birds but still separate will work.  The older birds need plenty of time, think weeks, to get used to seeing new birds every day before they are put together.  Putting newbies in too soon will often result in nasty injuries like this and worse.  The extra effort is well worth it.  Sometimes if the older ones get it in their heads to attack and peck like this they don't always stop, no matter what you do.  If you give them enough time to get bored with each other pecking order scuffles are usually minor.  Usually!

Alright then. What should I do with the injured chicken though?

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. - Albert Einstein 

 

 

Some people are like Slinkies. They aren't really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to my face when I push them down a flight of stairs.

Reply

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. - Albert Einstein 

 

 

Some people are like Slinkies. They aren't really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to my face when I push them down a flight of stairs.

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