Change in Pecking order?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by lfoose, Mar 17, 2008.

  1. lfoose

    lfoose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a bantam roo that is the 'head of the household'. Over the weekend I noticed and he and one of our standard roos got into in and now it appears the standard is the boss.

    Is this typical?

    Also I noticed that while the bantie has no injuries, the standard's wattle is bloody. One of our RIR hens was picking at it. I was unable to get to teh store to buy any antipick or bluekote so for now he has been seperated until it heals. Is this ok or do I still need to get the antipick?
     
  2. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

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    If you're going to keep him separated until it heals enough that they won't peck at it you won't need the anti-pick.

    They do change pecking order-that is normal.
     
  3. CUDA

    CUDA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Separating them is the worse thing you can do. Now they will have to find the pecking order all over again. You don't need to worry about a damaged comb, it will heal fine on its own, you don't need to do anything. Don't worry about this kind of thing, it is normal. I love it when you get a good rain, and the birds get all wet, and look just different enough that they all go at it again to establish a pecking order again...lol. If your not sure about the combs healing on their own, check out my site on dubbing , and you will see what I mean. Good luck!
     
  4. lfoose

    lfoose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I figured the wattle would heal fine. It has before. I was worried about the possiblity of cannabalism because the RIR's kept pecking at him bloddy wattle.
     

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