Chickens pecking eachother

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chickenbh1999, Feb 15, 2015.

  1. chickenbh1999

    chickenbh1999 Out Of The Brooder

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    About half of my chickens are molting (atleast I think cause half of them don't have any feathers on there back). So most of them have some feathers coming back but they always end of pecking eachother remaining feathers off. Is there any ideas on how to stop this?
     
  2. bargain

    bargain Love God, Hubby & farm Premium Member

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  3. chickenbh1999

    chickenbh1999 Out Of The Brooder

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    Also they are 10 months old
     
  4. steve232

    steve232 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You didn't mention a rooster but I am wondering if you have a rooster and if so how old is he ?
     
  5. chickenbh1999

    chickenbh1999 Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes I have one and he's the same age
     
  6. Urban Flock

    Urban Flock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That doesn't look like it's from molting. Possibly from the Rooster. You may want to get some saddles if you come to that conclusion. There should be others weighing in on this to help.
     
  7. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    That looks like rooster damage to me, not molting or parasites. You need to make some management changes. How many birds and how much space do you have? Some folks have good luck with saddles for the hens. At the least try spraying some blue-kote on the bald areas to keep the other hens from pecking the feathers that are re-growing, then think about why you have your rooster and if it's worth keeping him.
     
  8. chickenbh1999

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    Here is my coop size
     
  9. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    x2 Can you give dimensions of your run and your coop? It looks like you have quite a few hens, but I agree that that looks more like rooster damage than molting. He's apparently a busy boy!
     
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    I have 18 hens and 1 rooster
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