HELP!! Chickens pecking each other around the vent!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by flyboy1873, Nov 10, 2009.

  1. flyboy1873

    flyboy1873 New Egg

    Nov 10, 2009
    I have 6 Buff Orpingtons and when I got home today 4 out of the six had blood around their vents and were missing feathers. I immediately separated the two perpatrators and then checked each of the 4. 3 out of the 4 were bloody but should heal no problem. One hen is in pretty bad shape. I separated her by herself and have her plenty of food and water. She keeps arching her back to where her back is almost vertical instead of horizontal like she is trying to get something out. I felt her vent and didnt feel an egg. Not sure what to do. I think that I am going to give her over night to see how she does but not sure then when to put her down. I don't want her to suffer. Any advice would be much appreciated.

  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    For the picked on birds, some blue kote and no pick lotoin should help them heal up. As for the pigeon one, I suspect egg bound. Did you try and feel inside?
  3. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yes the one straining may have been attacked close to her laying time. She may benefit from a hot water bottle wrapped in rags or a heating pad protected with the same. No bath yet if she is injured, but it might be an option of she is indeed eggbound, later. Also, check your birds for parasites in case that is what triggered the pecking.
  4. flyboy1873

    flyboy1873 New Egg

    Nov 10, 2009
    Thanks to both of you for the reply. Unfortunately the one hen was egg bound and it was to the point that we couldnt help her so at the advise of a vet we put her down. Since then we lost another. It has been 2 weeks and the remaining 4 are still alive and well. I just had to separate the two bullies again as they started pecking the other two. The seperation is working. Not sure what I am going to end up doing as I can't keep them separated forever. Have either of you heard of using pine tar as a method of preventing pecking? I am worried that it would never come off of the birds!
  5. Luvs chickens

    Luvs chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 28, 2009
    The same thing happened to me. I have a mixed flock and 5 beautiful white rock hens. I lost 2 a day apartm were pecked to death, with huge wounds in the vent area. And had to rescue a 3rd that was close to death. I took the remaining white rocks out and it took over a month to heal poor Millies wound. I have since reintroduced the 3 of them into the flock again and it has been a month and so far so good. Good luck!
  6. Overeasyplz

    Overeasyplz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 8, 2009
    Can you trim beaks for picking? Back on gramma's farm we trimmed beaks to stop them from breaking eggs..
  7. SilkieTime

    SilkieTime Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2009
    Joelton Tn.
    Pine tar is very good. I have used it and yes it goes away. Maybe three weeks on a white chicken.
  8. Missoula Chicken Lady

    Missoula Chicken Lady Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 2, 2009
    Hello - Gail Damerow in Storey's Guide to Chickens says to use kelp meal to help prevent feather-picking and cannibalism -- the salts seem to satisfy a craving otherwise for blood! Also, make sure that you have a RED light on in the coop if you use a light in there. White light seems to stress them out more. Good luck!!
  9. islandgirl

    islandgirl New Egg

    Jun 18, 2010
    does anybody use those plastic glasses i call them that you put thru the nostrils? We just ot then and did not try yet, we are "chickens' [​IMG]!
    how do they work? we have lots of pecking going too
    tried everything, seams they just want to roam, by we collecting eggs and can't let them out
    any suggestios?

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