Hen pecking each other

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Chirpychirper, Dec 29, 2016.

  1. Chirpychirper

    Chirpychirper New Egg

    Jun 11, 2016
    Abiquiu, NM
    Hey, so since winter has started (granted it hasn't gotten that cold, 20s at the coldest and not much snow) the more dominant hens have started pecking at the other ones. Does anyone have any suggestions about how to deal with this?
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    When cooped up in the winter boredom sets in. They can handle the cold well and even some snow so if possible still allow them to free range. Flockblock for them to peck at, small amounts of scratch or BOSS scattered in the run/coop gives them something to do. If things get really bad you can get some Pin Less Peepers to put on the worst offenders.
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  3. N F C

    N F C Happy T-Day! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013
    What are the dimensions of your coop and how many birds do you have? Maybe they're feeling crowded?

    Sour has some good suggestions for giving them something to occupy themselves and you might find other boredom busters to try out by using the search box.

    Good luck!
  4. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    Let them out to free range if you can. Imagine being cooped up in the house, all winter long with the same people.They need light and fresh air and room to roam if possible. (If they'll go. Mine don't like snow, so often choose not to).
  5. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    Create a more interesting run......Lots of roosts and things to peck.....I give Alfalfa hay to scratch through, pine cones to break apart and eat the seeds....Fresh sand to play in.....I still free range and put down straw so they have a place to go and warm up feet also have roosts out in the yard so feet do not get cold....

  6. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    Make sure you are feeding a higher protein feed, especially if you feed extras. Protein deficiencies can cause bird to peck each, confinement is the other reason, so don't lock them in and keep them busy.
  7. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2015
    I think chickens do not have too much nerve sin the legs so they don't really feel the cold air.
  8. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

  9. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2015
    Oh ok I heard somewhere they had no nerves in their feet,they must have been wrong.
  10. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    No issue........The feet feel and get cold.....That is why they lay on them to warm them up.....


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