Hen getting pecked after move!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by colbees, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. colbees

    colbees Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 2, 2013
    Adirondacks, New York
    we just bought 4 one year old hens (3 americanas, 1 golden comet). Our one hen, Matilda who is an americana, is getting pecked on her back near the tail feathers. My question is when is pecking considered to be dangerous or life threatening to the chicken( right now the pecked area is dime sized), what is normal? Thanks
  2. DavidKerk

    DavidKerk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 9, 2013
    I wouldn't be very worried about a dime sized area at all. If they start drawing blood, however, you might want to seperate her until she heals. She is probably just at the bottom of the pecking order! I'd say a dime sized spot is nothing to be worried about! I hope this helps!
  3. etammy

    etammy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 10, 2012
    Are they just pluking feathers? If they are pek and biting her skin, then she needs to be separated right away. Hens will kill another hen from just one blood.drop, they are attracted to red and a pecking craze could happen. You can get some blue kote and spray the bald spot, it is like a purple and the chickens won't go after the spot so much or at all. Spray in on her while she is on the roost if she is not easily handled. The stuff gets on your hands, so waer a glve.

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