Chicken pecking baby pigeons to death

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 18angovem, Jan 21, 2017.

  1. 18angovem

    18angovem Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good afternoon,

    I have a problem, in my aviary I have probably a dozen white homing pigeons, the pigeons only come into the coop attached to the aviary during the night and in the winter, otherwise they fly around all day. But anyway, they commonly breed, and when the babies are old enough to be out of the nest but can't fully fly they obviously live in the ground for a little while. When the baby pigeons are on the ground I have a problem though, my one brooder silkie hen in the aviary pecks them to death. She just pecks their heads until there is no skin in a line and, not too be too graphic, but the skin falls of and leaves their skulls exposed, which she continues to peck until they are dead. She doesn't do this with any of the ducks which are in the aviary, only the baby pigeons, why? She is for right now living in a separate pen which I usually use for meat quail in the summer. I have plans for her, but I like to have at least one silkie in the aviary to incubate and brood the duck eggs, but I can't have them in there if they are going to kill all the baby pigeons. Is this common, if I get more silkies will they do the same?
     
  2. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    All I can say is separate her so she can not kill the baby birds.....Yes, common.....Chickens are horrible cannibals.......


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  3. 18angovem

    18angovem Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is there any way to stop new ones from doing this?
     
  4. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    The solution is to have your chickens, especially any broody hens, totally separated from the pigeons, especially the babies. There's no other way to manage this! Mary
     
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  5. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    The answer your looking for is NO!......It can not be stopped without separation......
     
  6. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    Agreed. There is no way to keep a chicken from killing a baby pidgeon. Chickens are chickens. That's their nature. My recommendation is to keep your species separate. Even ducks and chickens can be an issue, especially with drakes and female chickens.
     
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  7. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    Awesome reply......Yes....I keep my Ducks and Chickens separate because my Ducks would KILL my Chickens..........If you see an issue and it is not working? .........Separate.....Birds are nasty to each other....It is just Birds!!!!




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  8. 18angovem

    18angovem Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, thanks guys, it is done. From now on ill just keep the chickens in another barn.
     

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