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Chickens won't stop pecking roosters legs

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by beth2502, Sep 13, 2016.

  1. beth2502

    beth2502 New Egg

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    My hens keep pecking my roosters legs until they bleed. I've separated him (for weeks) until he looks healed and as soon as he is back with the hens they start pecking the legs again until they bleed. I've used blue kote and they still peck. Any suggestions on what might be wrong?
     
  2. Poultry parent

    Poultry parent Chillin' With My Peeps

    do you keep him separated until the scabs are gone? chickens will peck at anything that looks like blood
     
  3. beth2502

    beth2502 New Egg

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    Yes, he's separated for weeks until he looks totally healed and as soon as he's back with the hens they start in again. No scabs or mites no scaly spots. No clue what they're after but they're driving him crazy.
     
  4. Poultry parent

    Poultry parent Chillin' With My Peeps

    hmm, i don't know why they would do that
     
  5. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Is he feather footed?
    Any photos?
    How old is the rooster?

    I agree with @Poultry parent not sure why they are just pecking at the legs.
     
  6. chickymonkey

    chickymonkey Just Hatched

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    Our hens are pecking at our roo's feet also. He's feather footed. At first it looked like he was bleeding because they pulled the feathers out. We culled him within sight and he stops bleeding, then at night he goes to sleep with the hens. The next day he's nailing hens and they eat etc then at some point the girls bloody his feet again. We've been going through this for a week now. Only started separating him from them in the day time for 3 or 4 days. Any ideas or help would be greatly appreciated.
     
  7. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Are they eating the feathers they pluck from him?
    Only thing I can think of is they may need extra protein. You can offer an all flock/flock raiser type feed that is higher in protein or add protein like egg, tuna, mackerel or meat to their diet.
    Also provide some poultry vitamins in their water at least once a week to see if that helps.

    I just guessing here, but if they have found they can draw blood easily by picking those feathers out, then they will continue to do so. Chickens like blood. See if a change in diet makes any difference. If not you may want to watch to see who initially starts the picking and separate her. You may have one hen that starts it, then the other join in (flock mentality).
     
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  8. Poultry parent

    Poultry parent Chillin' With My Peeps

    when my chickens are molting they need extra protein so i scramble, and fry eggs for them, now they go searching through scraps for the yolks!
     
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