Fighting chickens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by crookedtoe, Feb 15, 2012.

  1. crookedtoe

    crookedtoe In the Brooder

    May 22, 2010
    My chickens are picking each other feathers under the tails. Most of them are bald and the skin is red form picking. I think they are all doing it to each other. One was getting picked on more. It got really cold here so I brought her into the basement.( ours is warm) Her feathers grew back,but now I went to put her back into the coop and they all are attacking her pretty badly. I had to put her back in the crate. What can I do now? I bought some blinders for them but haven't used them yet.

  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging 7 Years

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    What does their diet consist of?

    Once a bird is separated for a while they're a newbie and will get picked on.

    Feather picking is often a sign that the protein in the diet is too low.

    Picking around the vent, when it draws blood, often will continue till they kill the bird.
  3. TaylorHobbyFarms

    TaylorHobbyFarms Songster

    Dec 2, 2010
    I have heard that picking is a sign that more protein is needed in the diet.

    I also know from experience that if you find a spot or wound that other chickens pick at, you can add Blue Kote to it and it not only is it an antiseptic for wounds, but it leaves a bad taste for the other chickens and they will leave the wound alone.
  4. MonPet

    MonPet Hatching

    Apr 20, 2011
    As of today, we have 4 that are seperated individually from the flock, due to injuries, they get a balanced diet, treats, outdoor time in their run (it's still cold here in maine), when my BF tried to put one back today (she's been out about 2 weeks due to NO egg laying ((we thought egg bound but she's still alive and warm bath didn't work)) they all fought one another. It must've been a zoo in the run and coop, to the point where he actually fell through a window and broke it. We also crush up their shells and put them back into their feed. he and I are both at wits end - to the point of getting rid of them! We have 15, ANY IDEAS that have not been listed before???? thanks~

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