This "pecking" post is concerning my 6 d'Anver chicks, which are just about a month old now. The brooder is a 30 gallon stock tank, which I suspect is MORE than enough room for these chicks, and they won't stop pecking!! Three of them have very noticeable pecking, namely the porcelains, and it is most noticeable on their backs and upper wings. They are not even completely feathered; always have fresh water and full feeder. There is more than enough ambient light in the room, especially in the late afternoon, so I have been turning their heat lamp off during the day because it is the only thing that seems to make them stop. For the past few days I have painstakingly watched to see who may be instigating the pecking when the light is on, but to no avail - they all get involved simultaneously it seems. I have never had pecking issues with any of the breeds I have raised, and especially not with the other d'Anvers I have. They're always the sweetest birds, why are they being so mean?? There has been no real blood shed, just itty-bitty specks where the pecking has happened. Been making sure to keep them clean. I don't know how good/bad this is for the birds, but seeing as how they're so small I have been using flour to stop the bleeding that does happen; also acts as a great cover-up of the raw area.