Chickens peaking each other

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by organicmomma, Jan 23, 2011.

  1. organicmomma

    organicmomma New Egg

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    My 8 week old Barred Rocks are peaking my 8 week old Araucanas. They have been raised together and this is the first time I've had trouble. The coop is 16' X 10' and I have 40 birds. They have not been outside yet because of the cold and snow. Woke up this morning and went to fill the feed and 3 Araucanas had tail feather that had been peaked at severely. Should I trim peaks? I know a lot of people frown on that idea, but I'm afraid I'll lose chickens if I do not. They have seemed very happy up until this point. Any suggestions for a new small chicken farmer?
     
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  2. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have the same problem for months now & can't find the cure. I'm thinking of going to an online poultry vet for the answer. Has anyone ever done that.
     
  3. jen5680

    jen5680 Southside Silkie Shack

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    They could be very bored??? In the winter when they can't get out much I give them a whole head of cabbage and that
    gives them something to peck on other than each other. Maybe that could help???
     
  4. carlatomasko

    carlatomasko Out Of The Brooder

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    I was letting the ladies out today and found our polish chicken peroige head a little bloody I clean it and seems to be ok. Is she been peck or something else. And would it be ok to put her back with some peck no more on the area
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  5. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Clean and dress the area and put her back in - but keep a VERY close eye on things so that you can catch any further pecking as quickly as possible and address the situation. Unfortunately, breeds with head dress (such as the Polish) can be common targets for pecking.
     

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