Chick pecking own feet

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Honora, Nov 24, 2015.

  1. Honora

    Honora Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2014
    SF Bay Area
    I have a 5 week old Orpington cockerel who keeps pecking his own feet. He has always pecked at things a lot, even basically from the minute he hatched. After he hatched he immediately started pecking at another chick's eyes.

    He has little cuts all over his feet from pecking at them. Any suggestions on how to stop this?
  2. azygous

    azygous Flock Master

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    Your chick probably has a fixation and will probably keep pecking at things since his brain is wired that way. Just as with people with compulsive behavior, you'll be fighting an uphill battle since the problem is in his brain. If you succeed in stopping his pecking at his feet, he'll only go on to pecking something else.

    You can try coating his feet with Rooster Booster Pick-no-mor. You can make a similar concoction using Vick's and grape Kool-aid, without the sugar, and add a dash of Pepto Bismol.

    As he gets bigger and he still has the pecking problem, you might try pinless peepers.
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  3. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

    Jan 10, 2013
    You can get some poultry shoes for him - they are intended for bumble foot but would prevent self injury.

    And give him something else to peck : flock block, chicken suet?
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