Are My Chickens Pecking At One Another?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Chickenlovers6, Dec 19, 2015.

  1. Chickenlovers6

    Chickenlovers6 Out Of The Brooder

    98
    6
    41
    Nov 3, 2013
    One of my chickens are in the middle of molting. Her neck and head are starting to get the rest of the feathers back, but recently I noticed her shoulder is bald. I also just saw the chickens "pecking" at each other slightly but I don't know if it was playful (or just normal chicken behavior) or if they are picking on her. Please help!
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    29,311
    3,366
    491
    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Chickens will peck at each other when they are just hanging around. You might want to increase their protein a little while they are regrowing feathers. Eggs, tuna, gamebird starter, and flock raiser are all good for that, in addition to their regular feed.
     
  3. Chickenlovers6

    Chickenlovers6 Out Of The Brooder

    98
    6
    41
    Nov 3, 2013
    So the bald spot isn't pecking?
     
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    29,311
    3,366
    491
    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Have you seen her feathers start growing in, then disappear? You can try some Nustock cream on her bare spots to discourage pecking. It tastes bad, is healing, and is good to cover bare spots with feather picking.
     
  5. Chickenlovers6

    Chickenlovers6 Out Of The Brooder

    98
    6
    41
    Nov 3, 2013
    No, it was just bald one day. If I do find out that they are pecking, I will do that. Thanks!
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by