chicken pecking

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by bobby2170, Nov 25, 2016.

  1. bobby2170

    bobby2170 In the Brooder

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    we noticed this afternoon one of my hens had a huge bear spot on her back. she was completely fine this morning and we don't know which gen is doing it. what should we do with her and the others? please answer ASAP!![​IMG]
     

  2. azygous

    azygous Free Ranging

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    First of all, the flock will continue to peck away at the red, bare spot if you leave it looking like red, raw meat. If you don't have some Blu-kote or Blue Lotion, go buy some at the feed store. Paint it on the red, raw spot. Reapply each day since it will wear off when your hen dirt bathes. Soon feathers will grow back.

    Second, you need to observe your flock and find out why this hen is being attacked. It could be she's bottom of the pecking order, and if you have a crowded coop and run with too many chickens for the square footage, conflict is often the consequence.

    If you can't add onto your coop and run, adding more perches, stumps, partitions to hind behind all help give those low in the social order an escape.

    You might find you have one bad chicken who is doing the bullying and damage to this hen. You might want to segregate the bully out of sight for a week or two, and then reintroduce her. This often reduces the rank of the bully, taking her down a peg or two, and it often curbs the aggression.

    Another thing that often works is to install pinless peepers on the bully. If she can't see her target well, often that will stop the bad behavior.
     
  3. bobby2170

    bobby2170 In the Brooder

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    thank you so much! I'll be sure to do that
     

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