- Dec 9, 2015
New to the group & fairly new to the love of chickens! I started my first flock this past spring & Ive already learned soooo much partly thanks to the forums on this site! First lesson is chickens need space! I'm in the process of building a larger cooper & run as my flock has twindled from 8 to 6 due to pecking. It's been traumatic! The flock seems to be doing fine now, but I have one Ameracauna that is pecking herself at the base of her tail to the point of leaving bald spots. At first I was afraid it was other chickens but after isolating her for a day, I realized it got much worse! I've observed her closely & sure enough it's self inflicted. Feather shoots will be growing back but she never lets them fully grow back. I've fed tuna, salmon to increase protein. There is organic food available at all times. I've applied Blu-kote but tonight for example it only made her pick even more to remove it to the point of drawing blood. What do I do??? In isolation she gets very very stressed but I'm afraid to leave her in w the others with even the tiniest spot of broken skin!