hens fighting...

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by yolkie, May 16, 2010.

  1. yolkie

    yolkie Chirping

    Feb 12, 2010
    hens fighting....so about 3 months ago i noticed 3-4 out of my 10 chickens had their necks plucked clean and their tails plucked clean, i figured that one of the chickens was beating up the others, but never witnessed any fighting. now just recently ive noticed 5-6 of my chickens have bald heads! this time ive seen one chicken pinning the other down and biting the feathers off the other's head! this has gotten so violent that one of my chickens is blind on one side now (her eye got pecked). i dont know what to do... i hang heads of cabbage, i through bird seed down, they even free range about 5 acres of field during most days. my pen/coop square footage is about 100 to 120 sq ft. i marked the chicken that i caught mounting the others and she has consistently been the one beating on everyone else i also noticed a couple others that have normal heads that fight with each other, they were dust bathing and got to close to each other and they puffed all of their feathers and started jumping up in the air and pecking and scratching each other. im new to chickens and am in desperate need of suggestions! the only thing i can think of is to kill her, which im fine with doing, but i want to make sure that will fix the problem before i do it. THANKS!

  2. AnnainMD

    AnnainMD Songster

    Feb 1, 2010
    Eldersburg, MD
    I am also new to chickens but I'm thinking grilled chicken sounds good!
  3. CityClucks

    CityClucks The Center of a 50 Mile Radius

    Jan 31, 2009
    Tulsa, OK
    Try separating the offending hen from the flock for several weeks. The pecking order should realign within your main flock, and when you reintroduce her, things may be different and she may not be able to get away with the wicked behavior she has been exhibiting.
  4. You might try some anti peck spray. I had some that I got at a pet store. It had a bad taste, like sour apples. Worked for me. It`s clear and comes in a little 4 oz pump spray plastic bottle in the bird section. I didn`t have the problem you have, but anytime I had one that was being pecked on, I would spray the bare areas before they got bloody and the problem ceased. Best to spray them while they are on the roost at night. Much less stress for all. Good luck........Pop
  5. chickM4st3r(AL)

    chickM4st3r(AL) In the Brooder

    May 9, 2010
    i had this problem i lent her to a niebhor for month and the pekking oder changed wasnt aqs violent after that

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