chicken being pecked and weird movement

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by 4chickenfarm, Oct 22, 2015.

  1. 4chickenfarm

    4chickenfarm New Egg

    Oct 22, 2015
    The last week or so, Ive noticed that my RR is picking the heck out of 2 Americanas, mostly one, and now there are no feathers on her neck! out side of the pen which they only go in at night, she doesnt seem to go after that much. However, the One of the Americana is terrified by her. She does this weird movemnt as well.....she backs up with her head down as if cowarding away, swaying her head back and forth. Honestly I though she was dieing. Help! shes a great bird. That RR even has our dogs afraid of her.
    I was thinking of covering her up somehow so she cant get pecked, but I dont know how to do that. Also Im afraid if she doesnt have enough feathers shell die with the weather getting cold at night here.
    Any suggestions? I would be grateful!
    They are out from 7 am until they go in at dusk.
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Welcome to BYC. Remove the aggressive chicken from the rest, and cage her with food and water for a week to lower her rank in the pecking order. If she starts bullying again, them then re-home her or make chicken dinner. Your injured chicken may have neurological symptoms of wry neck which could be due to the pecking injury. Give them all some poultry vitamins including vitamin E and thiamine, plus a small amount of egg or tuna daily for selenium. Nustock cream may be good to coat the bare skin of the pecked chicken, and the feathers will probably grow in in a few weeks. Here is a link to read about wry neck:


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  3. 4chickenfarm

    4chickenfarm New Egg

    Oct 22, 2015
    Thank you!!!! Im so glad you got back to me. I read the article you attached and its seems the same.
    I did place a sock over her neck, noo injury to skin from pecking, but just to keep them from going after her. I did witness the RR go after her with her feet in the yard today. I will try to figure out a way to seperate them in the coop at night.

    Thank you!!

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