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Bloody Feeder, what happened?

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We had to leave town for 24 hours and upon our return found the chicken feeder covered in blood. It appears as though something was pecking or scratching to get more feed and in the process smeared, spattered blood all around it. I checked each of my birds, especially their beaks and feet/toes but could not find any signs of injury.

Any ideas or suggestions as to what has happened?

One Urban Chicken Tractor with 2 BR, 1 Speckled Sussex, 1 buff Orpington and 1 RIR hens.
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One Urban Chicken Tractor with 2 BR, 1 Speckled Sussex, 1 buff Orpington and 1 RIR hens.
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post #2 of 6

My guess is that one of them got it's comb bloodied by pecking or an injury, and it kept getting smeared on the feeder while the chicken ate.

post #3 of 6

Did you check their heads/head feathers?  We have a Polish whose head was relentlessly picked for whatever reason when we transitioned the flock to the coop,, causing lots and lots of blood before we caught it and stopped it.  I am thinking, they have to put their heads down to eat at this feeder, so I wonder if there is/are pecking wound(s) on someone's head?

 

I hope you find the reason soon.  Good luck!

Happily married wife and mom/home school teacher to our four, beautiful children.  Our flock is mixed-breed with roughly 30 chickens at any given time.  We also love Dixie, our 12-year-old chocolate lab; 2 cheeky cats, Romeo and Juliet; 2 aquatic turtles, Sheridan and Laine.
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Happily married wife and mom/home school teacher to our four, beautiful children.  Our flock is mixed-breed with roughly 30 chickens at any given time.  We also love Dixie, our 12-year-old chocolate lab; 2 cheeky cats, Romeo and Juliet; 2 aquatic turtles, Sheridan and Laine.
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post #4 of 6

That is scary.  Does the blood continue all around the feeder?  I think we need forensic help to solve this.  Too bad you couldn't set up a game cam  aimed toward the feeder to show what is going on.

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post #5 of 6

I honestly think that looks like red mold, not blood.  It is applied too evenly to be blood.  It is more reminiscent of how algae grows on surfaces of a fish tank.

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Chicken math:  "Be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it!" + "If you go looking for trouble you will find it." =  "I got up here, now how do I get down?"

 

Check out my mini fridge incubator build:  http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1102421/the-stealthbator

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post #6 of 6
I reside in Wisconsin and recently have the same problem. My feeder is completely red with blood just like yours but only thicker. Scared the jaheebers out of me. I've checked them and cannot find any injury. I have noticed black spots on combs from pecking one another, but I can't imagine that much blood coming from just that. I am a first time chickeneer and truly love it. I will get a photo and will upload tomorrow.
Edited by stinks2bme - 1/23/16 at 4:44pm
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