Bloody comb....being pecked?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by SassyKat6181, Mar 3, 2011.

  1. SassyKat6181

    SassyKat6181 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am still new to this and my hens have been laying for a few weeks. Today when I went down to collect eggs, the bottom of the pecking order had quite a bit of blood on her comb. There are 3 double wide nest boxes, but they all use the same one. They are never agressive towards each other, so am I to assume they were fighting over the nest box? How should I treat her comb? Will they continue to peck at the blood or was this a one time deal? Thanks
     
  2. Heidi

    Heidi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2007
    Northwest Michigan
    Usually hens do keep pecking at a bloodied object - in your case a comb. If you have blue-kote I'd spray that on it. I also had a similar issue with all the hens using the same box and throwing fits if someone else was in it when it came time to lay. What I did was put a golf ball or a wooden egg in each box - it's really weird, but it seems to work for me. Now all four of my boxes are used. [​IMG]
     
  3. SassyKat6181

    SassyKat6181 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks...I'll try the golf balls. I've seen them in the other boxes, but they will only lay on one. On my way to TSC for some blu-kote.
     
  4. Heidi

    Heidi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2007
    Northwest Michigan
    It's almost like they see 1 egg and they figure that's where all the eggs go. Go figure... Good luck. Going to TSC during chick days? You are brave... I've manage to stay away from there so far. My DH went to get dog food the other day and texted me pictures of all the chicks there. What a nut - we already have 16 chicks that I hatched in the basement.
     
  5. SassyKat6181

    SassyKat6181 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought it was too cold here for chicks.....hmm. I know how chicken math works, but I've got 12 that just started to lay and chicks are a lot of work.
     

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