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Feather Picking Emergency!!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by farmer geek, Mar 11, 2011.

  1. farmer geek

    farmer geek In the Brooder

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    My hen, an Australorp, is getting really vicious. She has never made any attempt at attacking another bird before and now she is pecking all of the other hens really badly. I have found a lot of splattered blood from the pecking and the hens have a lot of bare spots. What should I do??? Also, now the other hens have started to peck each other too. Whats wrong? Can I do anything to prevent it?
     

  2. Quinn4321

    Quinn4321 Songster

    Aug 28, 2010
    P.A/M.D border, USA
    Cover all injuries with bluekote, healex, bandaides, masking tape.... anything. If you have a white heat lamp, replace it with a red one. Give them some grit to chew on instead. do u have enough protein in their diet? Check that. Scramble some eggs for them to eat. Give them some greens, hang lettuce as a distraction. If u can separate chickens either being picked on or picking.
     
  3. Judy

    Judy Crowing Staff Member Premium Member

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    You might want to check the threads linked on the FAQ page on this subject. Usually they need more protein or more space, or both.
     
  4. Quinn4321

    Quinn4321 Songster

    Aug 28, 2010
    P.A/M.D border, USA
    oh yeah. forgot to add about space- if you dont have an outdoor run i have read that 2-4 sq. feet of space are required per chicken. if you have an outdoor run only 1 sq foot of space is required *in the coop* for each chicken. not sure how accurate this is, but it is what i know. keep us updated!
     
  5. TajMahalChickens

    TajMahalChickens Songster

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    I would first separate the injured ones to make sure all the wounds heal. Make sure they are healed COMPLETELY before reuniting them, because they will just start pecking again.

    Then, make sure that they have something to do to avoid getting bored. Even in the winter they can get outside are get some fresh air.

    Make sure that their feed is balanced and has enough protein. Insufficient nutrients can lead to pecking.
     
  6. buckeyejerseygiants

    buckeyejerseygiants In the Brooder

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    Pine tar is something else that I would recommend putting on those that have bare skin. That will keep them from pecking it into open wounds.
     
  7. farmer geek

    farmer geek In the Brooder

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    Thanks for your help!!! I'll try to add more protein and calcium into their diet first.
    Also, is there a special way to clean small blood stains off of wood?
     

  8. LindsayB

    LindsayB Songster

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    I culled our barred rock bc she was doing this to her 3 'friends'. She drew blood today and wouldn't stop. go to the meat birds sections, shes in there...dressed out lol
     
  9. Quinn4321

    Quinn4321 Songster

    Aug 28, 2010
    P.A/M.D border, USA
    Your welcome- I was glad to be of help. keep us updated- are all the hens going to be ok?
     

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