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chickens molting!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by thudson, Jan 14, 2015.

  1. thudson

    thudson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have had a problem with my chickens pecking each other during molt. My hens are going thru there 1st one and its starting to turn into a issue. One hen will peck one and make it bleed and then it turns into all of them on that one. So I isolate the injured hen until she gets her feathers and then turn her out. Well its turning into a revolving door. Soon as I turn one out another one is bleeding and in isolation she goes. Am I doing something wrong? Is this the right thing to do? Advice please!
     
  2. familyfarm1

    familyfarm1 Overrun With Chickens

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    Who is causing the bleeding?
     
  3. ThePRfan

    ThePRfan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    First take your pecker(s) out.

    If it's that serious,just try blukote.Then release her.
    Chickens like pecking at red things

    My hen had this same problem.I tried blukote,but unfortunately she was cleaning it of,then swallowing it.Just a lil heads up.
    You can just isolate them like your doing and wait until they at least cover any sores or skin.You don't wanna wait until their all fully grown back,this could cause integrating issues,they may remind her,may not.

    Hope this helps!

    ThePRfan
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    How many birds?
    How big(feet by feet) is coop and run(if you don't free range)?
    It could be a crowding issue.

    What and how exactly do you feed(protein levels)?
    Feathers are chock full of protein.....and they need lots of protein when molting.

    A bleeding bird that is being attacked definitely needs to be protected....blu kote can help but can attract attention anyway, even from the bird who is wearing it....so should probably be isolated as annoying as that can be management-wise.
     
  5. thudson

    thudson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The pecker got pecked bad herself by the rooster now all has calmed down. I put any bleeding hens or bare hens by themselves for a few days but all is going better!
     
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2015

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