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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Bigred27, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. Bigred27

    Bigred27 Hatching

    Feb 19, 2012
    I have Three chicken that are constantly getting pecked at and i dont know how to stop them and it looks painful... what do i do?
    Also i have a one year old rooster, how do i know if the eggs are fertile? I want to produce chicks
    And lastly, what type of chicken do you get when your cross a dominique and an easter egg? the rooster is the dominique.
    Thank you!

  2. Gardeninggranny

    Gardeninggranny In the Brooder

    Oct 29, 2008
    Are the 3 chickens getting picked on different from the rest? different color, different breed? Chickens do not believe in equal rights and often pick on who is different. You may need to separate the different ones. Do you have enough space in your coop? Crowded birds pick on each other. Each bird needs at least 3 square feet of space. Add a head of cabbage, a pumpkin or squash for them to pick at, it may divert some activity or let them free range.

    Any bird that is bloody needs to be separated as it will get picked until it has large, serious wounds.

    To check if an egg is fertile crack one open and carefully slide out the yolk on a plate. In a strong light look for a small spot on the yolk. It will be white. In a fertilized egg this will lool like a white ring with a clear spot in the center. Unfertilized its a solid white spot. That means the rooster is doing his job. You can also incubate the eggs- they turn into chcks if they are fertile!

    When you cross two breeds of chickens you get a mixed breed.
  3. Gardeninggranny

    Gardeninggranny In the Brooder

    Oct 29, 2008
    If you see a ring it means the rooster fertilized that egg. Sorry- a little confusing the first note.
  4. Judy

    Judy Crowing Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Pecking is a management issue, usually caused by their feeling overcrowded, but boredom (too little to forage) and poor nutrition can be factors as well. Sometimes people give a large volume of treats, table scraps or scratch, which can easily mean they get less of the nutrition they need from their feed.
  5. peafowlmom

    peafowlmom Songster

    Jul 20, 2011
    Summerville ,SC
    I put peepers on mine. It really did not hurt them. we did it at night when they were roosting. I held one while my husband put a peeper on.

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