Hens are pecking each other's butts and dying. Help!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chickenlover71, Aug 9, 2016.

  1. chickenlover71

    chickenlover71 New Egg

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    I need help. My chickens are pecking at one of my hens' butt and she's bleeding. I don't know what to do. This is the sixth time one of my chickens is being pecked on. The others have died because of this. I'm down to 15 chickens and afraid it will keep decreasing for the next few months until they're all gone. Please help!!!
     
  2. chickluvinfreak

    chickluvinfreak Chillin' With My Peeps

    Are their specific hens doing the pecking? How big is their coop/run? Do they free range? They could possibly be doing this out of boredom.
     
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  3. WiddleChix

    WiddleChix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How big is the area that they're in? A reason they could be pecking each other is because they don't have enough space in their run/coop.

    Is one chicken starting it? If one chickens starts it and the rest follow you need to isolate that trouble starter for a day or longer to bring her lower in the pecking order.

    Apply some blue kote or honey mixed with a little blue food coloring and apply it to the area your hen is bleeding from. Either honey or blue kote will help the wound to heal and cover up the redness of the wound, chickens love to peck at anything red so covering the wound could help the situation a lot and could be the reason why the others join in and continuing to peck.
     
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