Hen Pecking Other Hens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Parisdog, Jun 18, 2017.

Tags:
  1. Parisdog

    Parisdog Just Hatched

    1
    0
    10
    Apr 20, 2016
    We have a hen that was egg bound and our other hen started pecking her feathers around the vent and bloodied it. Now, that same hen is doing it again to a normal, heathy hen. How do I make her stop?
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

    15,933
    3,518
    436
    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    Generally that type of pecking means your hen is deficient in protein. I would separate the pecking hen out, either temporarily or permanently because they can quickly start cannibalizing each other, than I would switch to a higher protein feed, something with 20-22%, and add in some animal protein like eggs, cottage cheese or canned fish to see if it helps. Provide a separate dish of oyster shells for any calcium needs.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by