Asserting Dominance and what I should do

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Rileysixchix, Dec 4, 2011.

  1. Rileysixchix

    Rileysixchix Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi everyone. I have noticed my one hen picking, pecking and yanking feathers out of all my chickens especially two of them. I've coated all their bare areas with blue-kote and I have still noticed some pecking. Is there any way for me to assert my dominance on the bird, or to correct her? Our is there anything I should do with her since she is injuring my whole flock? Please help!
     
  2. Yvonne37894

    Yvonne37894 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would trim her beak back to almost bleeding. If that doen't work seperate her for a week.
     
  3. mommissan

    mommissan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pinless peepers?
     
  4. so lucky

    so lucky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:How do you know if it is "almost bleeding"?
     
  5. silkielover5

    silkielover5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if you can get a rooster, they put the hens in line [​IMG]
     
  6. ChicKat

    ChicKat Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

  7. Rileysixchix

    Rileysixchix Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Thats what I was thinking if we had to rehome her we know lots of people with roosters. We do not have the time and energy for a rooster and mainly got the chickens for pets, egg laying was a bonus.
     
  8. Rileysixchix

    Rileysixchix Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:I think mommissan has a good idea. Here is an example: http://www.eggcartons.com/Pinless-Peepers/productinfo/PINLESS-P/

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    not a fan of beak trimming. Really think that the hatchery trimmed beak birds look -- not good.

    went to your page...your coop is fabulous, and your birds are beautiful.

    Thank you so much! they are now all pecked up and a bit featherless due to the one mean bird. Thank you for the link!
     
  9. Rileysixchix

    Rileysixchix Chillin' With My Peeps

    Don't chickens see out of the side of their head? how do you install a pinless peeper and does it harm the chicken wearing it? Does anyone have experience about how they work?
     
  10. mommissan

    mommissan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They stick in the nostrils. They come with special pliers to put them on. Check out the link that ChicKat posted. I've seen them used on pheasant farms. Works great without injuring the bird.
     

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