- Aug 11, 2020
Since I got a coop camera I’ve been witnessing a lot of pecking from my top hen, Bertie, towards her 3 flock mates and she’s landing her pecks and leaving scabby wounds on their combs. I’m pretty sure the scabs are from her and not pox or something else. The aggression happens about food even though there is always plenty of food and about roost space even though there is plenty of that too. In the evenings when they settle on their roosts the poor birds on either side of her get repeated blows for no apparent reason. Despite the attacks they always choose to crowd around her on the roost. My feeder is a 5 gallon bucket with 4 holes and pvc elbows so the lower birds can choose to eat from the far side of the feeder from Big Bad Bertie but they don’t. They prefer to share and take a beating. What the heck? Should I take any action? Can the small wounds to the combs be a problem? Like getting infected?