Egg cited to be here

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by theeggcarrton, Feb 17, 2016.

  1. theeggcarrton

    theeggcarrton Hatching

    Feb 17, 2016
    Hi there, I'm pretty new to chickens. The finishing touches are being placed on our coop and I've had 4 hens 6-8m old for only a few weeks now. I noticed that one of the hens has a bald/bleeding spot on her back. When I got them, I saw this but it got better. Today it's bad again and one of the other hens is following her around pecking at the spot! Should I separate them? If so how? I don't want one to be miss placed. Any info or insight would be helpful. Thanks!
  2. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    How much room do the birds have while their coop is being built? It's possible they are crowded and/or bored. Have you checked them over for mites? Also, what are you feeding them? Upping their protein could be helpful (cooked eggs, meal worms, cottage cheese). You can use Blu-Kote to hide the bare spot on the one that is being pecked. Is there anything "different" about the one that is being pecked (different breed, color, size, etc.). Pinless peepers can be used on the one guilty of doing the pecking.

    Just throwing out some things to check for and possibilities...other greeters may have additional information for you.
  3. Wendy High

    Wendy High Songster

    Jan 11, 2016
    Ben Wheeler, Tx
    Welcome to BYC! Check out the learning center for more info. You might even find something in chicken behaviors or emergencies/diseases. Good luck. Hope all works out well.
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC. I'd suggest separating her from the flock until you have the bleeding cleared up - chickens are merciless at the sight of blood. As NFLChick says, it would be good to consider the possible reasons why the issue has re-occurred and she has made some great suggestions.

    All the best
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  6. MBK Farm

    MBK Farm Chirping

    May 22, 2015
    Citrus County, Florida
    Hello and welcome! Enjoy your chickens. [​IMG]
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    You may want to get her a hen apron to cover her back. They are generally used to allow their back to heal after roosters have run rough shod overbreeding them. If your flock isn't too large, I would advise putting an apron on all of them. That will confuse them enough, that she will not appear different.
  8. Alright [​IMG] great to have you joining the BYC flock [​IMG]

    We are eggcited to have you as a new member of the flock [​IMG]
  9. Birdrain92

    Birdrain92 Crowing

    Jun 7, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined the flock! Most of the time when chickens see blood they will start pecking. Chickens can sometimes become cannibals. It would be best to separate her from the flock.
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2016

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