HELP!!! My chickens won't quit pecking!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by tspringer, Apr 15, 2009.

  1. tspringer

    tspringer New Egg

    Apr 15, 2009
    I thought that I did all my research and I assumed that I wouldn't have any problems with pecking if I did everything right! WELL.....there is nothing like experience! I tried the dye, vinegar, & talcom powder, even taking them outside a little since they are almost 15 weeks. Are they bored? Do I need more perches? Do I just have a bunch of Hannibal Lectors or what? I love em and don't want them hurting each other!!! If you have any suggestions please let me know!!!!
  2. Blueroo63

    Blueroo63 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 8, 2009
    have you tried a product called Pick-no-more loction ,it worked great on my quail it is made by Rooster Booster can be found in feed stores or on ebay, comes in squeeze bottle and you just out it on the area where the outhers pick and they don't like it
    hope this helps
  3. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2009
    first what do you fed them?
    what kind of brooding arangements are there?
    yes they can go out side if not a windyday
    also is the chick house very well ventilated at top of window or door
    never straight on them
    except when they are out in the run

    also here is two things to do
    hang a head of cabbage wrapped in piece of chicken wire
    from the celing to 8-12 inches above foor
    so they can reach it not walk on it

    Also hang a piece of alfalfa hay wrapped in chicken wire from ceiling to same height
    they will then be satisfied with their house
    also are they getting high enough protein
    but mostly need to run out side if they are protected from dangerous killers of chickens
    predaters are not good for birds
    do they have a enclosed pen to go out in?
    very necessary thing to have for their enjoyment?
    also do you evr give them probotic to build up their gut flora
    1 qt dry crumbles
    2 qts sweet or sour milk or buttermilk
    1/4 cup of yoguart
    feed once a day what they can eat in 30 minutes
    they will probavly eat 2-3 tbsp of this recipe
    if you made too much store it in frig and feed next day

    ALWAYS clean out the feeders when they are done
    replace dry crumbles you normally feed them

    feed once a week after they are stopped picking

    also put 2 tbsp of apple cider vinager in gallon of water
    water this daily till they quit pecing
  4. tspringer

    tspringer New Egg

    Apr 15, 2009
    THANK YOU!!!!! I am going to try some of these, I will let you know if it works. And just to let you know I have 16 pullets in a 63 square foot coop and two windows not directly on them but it is well ventilated. They have 2 perches and 5 nesting boxes. They also have a 9 X 9 run that has a roof and they don't go out unless we are out we have a coyote problem! If there is anything else you think they need please don't hesitate to tell me! Thank you for all the help!!!!
  5. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2009
    The other thing I always found good is Whole horse oats and granite grit
    the chickens are old enough to lay eggs and maybe they will need laying mash and oyster shell soon
    I think most lay at 5-8 months
    so you can give them the whole oats and they will spend time eating them and it will get them ready to lay
    what percentage of protein do you now give them?
    They maybe protein short
    Besure and give a feeder of granite grit with any whole grains
    they will eat it and oyster shell when they lay also
    keep me posted PM me if you will

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