Help needed

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by beaners, Jan 3, 2015.

  1. beaners

    beaners Hatching

    Jan 3, 2015
    Hi, I am new on here and new to owning 4 chickens. I don't know what kind of chickens u have all I know is they lay brown eggs and they are all brown chickens. I have one chicken 'Charli' that has a gimpy leg and when we went out to the chicken coop a little bit ago my other chickens have attacked her both her wings are bloody and the back of her head is bare skin. Needless to say I have separated her from the other chickens. What I am asking is, is this common they have been in a coop together since birth and then over the summer my neighbors have me them so what could all of a sudden cause them to go crazy on poor Charli also what is a good feed to feed them in the winter I live in Pennsylvania so it is only 28 out here today. Please help I don't know what to do....
  2. cnicho05

    cnicho05 Chirping

    Feb 22, 2014
    Owosso, MI

    I wouldn't say it is common but it does happen. Chickens like to peck at small objects and when a red spot develops (on the back of the head) they will peck at it relentlessly. Some experts speculate this is a natural defense mechanism to weed out the weak or sick. I would strongly recommend you keep them separated for the time being. I would keep them close to one another (for example, in a pen which runs next to the main pen) as to keep them familiar with one another.

    Once the marks have healed I would introduce them slowly....while keeping a very close eye on all of them.
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  3. matt44644

    matt44644 Songster

    Sep 14, 2014
    Sanilac County,Michigan
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!
  5. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Sorry about your chicken![​IMG]

    Since it's colder there and they are having to be confined more they are probably pecking at each other. Once you get Charli all healed (you can ask how to do so here you need to give them lots of boredom busters such as lots of bedding, treats, toys, mirrors and roosts.

    Good luck!
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  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing 5 Years

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.
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  7. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing 5 Years

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    I'm sorry about your chicken! [​IMG]
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  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Sorry about Charli getting injured, hope she recovers.
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  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member 8 Years

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Sorry about Charli. It wasn't until I joined BYC years ago that I found out how chickens can turn on one another and peck them to death. Even worse is their cannibalistic tendencies

    I always thought they were totally benign. Forunately if the birds are not jam packed together and can go in and out and have things to do this is unlikely to happen. Some of the parrot toys are good for chickens. And they will even play with brightly colored balls, etc..
  10. ChickyChickens

    ChickyChickens Chickening Around

    May 24, 2014
    BYC? Epic <3
    My Coop

    Welcome to BYC!!! There are loads of members on here…so if you have ANY questions…just ASK!!!

    Hope you have loads of fun and all your answers answered here on BYC the BEST CHICKEN KEEPING FORUM on EARTH!!


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