hen getting pecked

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by all8up4jr, Dec 16, 2011.

  1. all8up4jr

    all8up4jr New Egg

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    i came home yesterday to find one of my white rock hens had her tail feathers pecked out and was bleeding alot. i moved her to a seperate pen. i havent had chickens but for about a month and this is my first time raising them. hope this is what i was supposed to do. can anyone please help me out give me some pointers.
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Hello! I'm wondering if your chickens have enough space......Sometimes they will become agressive with eachother if they are crowded....

    I would get Blue Cote spray, and give her bald area a nice coating of it. It's bright blue, but it helps hide the wound and also heal it. And chickens aren't attracted to the bright blue color for some reason..

    Also, if they get bored, they will sometimes start pecking eachother. They will also pull and eat feathers if there isn't enough protein in their diet.
     
  3. AkMartine

    AkMartine Out Of The Brooder

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    A couple weeks ago my hens were pecking each other too, but not to where they were bleeding [​IMG]. I let them run around the backyard, gave them soggy cat food (for protein), spread some pine tar over their necks and tails and they've completely stopped! I have five large, heavy birds and even with just about a three foot fence they don't fly out. [​IMG]
     
  4. need more details please. How many hens, how many roosters, size of the coop, what are you feeding?
     
  5. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut Premium Member

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    Do they have enough room? Each chicken needs AT LEAST 4 ft per chicken, if they can free range to their hearts content. If not, then about 10 ft per chicken.

    or, she might be the bottom of the pecking order.....[​IMG]
     
  6. all8up4jr

    all8up4jr New Egg

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    my coop is 6 x 4 and i have 11 birds in there. i have 2 black sex links, 6 plymouth rocks, 1 americauna, then a big black one that im not sure what she is, and my rooster
     

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