Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by BarredRocks3, Nov 23, 2013.

  1. BarredRocks3

    BarredRocks3 Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 1, 2013
    New Hampshire
    In the back corner of my coop, blood slattered everywhere. Its a scary scene but, no visual signs of injury. Does anybody have an idea of the predator or what? Here's a pic, thanks[​IMG]
  2. my sunwolf

    my sunwolf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2012
    Southwest Virginia
    My Coop
    Why would you think it's a predator? Any birds missing?

    I have had this happen when there is some aggression brewing in the flock. Sometimes, a head hen will get the nasty idea to peck one of her fellow hens REALLY hard on the comb... when the poor hen shakes her head, the blood splatters everywhere. I have had this mostly happen when there is roosting competition at night, especially when introducing new chickens to the flock.
  3. CedarAcres

    CedarAcres Sunny Side Up

    Mar 18, 2013
    My Coop
    I've also seen blood splatter like than when one was pecked in the comb and shook her head. I'd check to see if anyone has any scabs on their combs or evidence of dried blood on their heads. Lets just say it's not fun when you pick up the injured girl and she shakes her head at you and then you're splattered with blood!
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  4. BarredRocks3

    BarredRocks3 Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 1, 2013
    New Hampshire
    Is there any way I can dicourage this behavior? I'm introducing a cockerel and he sleeps with them at night...
  5. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    You just have to watch them and see if it happens all the time or this is just an occasional incident. If you have an aggressive bird who starts to make a habit of pecking to the extent of drawing blood then you'll have to deal with that bird. But otherwise it's common for this to happen once in a while.
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    And it's always worse this time of year when it's so cold.
  7. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

    There seems to be more computation now for the best places to roost. In a true free range setting a flock of chickens may have 5 acres of trees in which to sleep. In a coop there are fewer prime roosting locations and they are contested or fought over fiercely.

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