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Hens Pecking each other

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by nancybxyz, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. nancybxyz

    nancybxyz Hatching

    Jul 6, 2011
    Can someone please tell me what to do? I have 8 hens, they have a lovely henhouse and plenty of nesting boxes. Their pen is small but ample 10x10. They have good water and feed and I even put a pecking block of seeds. They still are pecking each other terribly. I don't know what to do. Have you ever had this problem and what did you do. They are good layers and still producing each day. Help please. nancybxyz:(

  2. Desert Rooster

    Desert Rooster El Gallo Del Desierto

    Sep 4, 2010
    Hesperia, Ca
    how old are they? have you acquired any new chickens lately?
  3. nancybxyz

    nancybxyz Hatching

    Jul 6, 2011
    These hens are barely one year old and no I have not added any to the flock all year. I had 10 but a neighbor dog killed one.
  4. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms Premium Member

    Sep 20, 2009
    On the Farm!
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Louisiana!

    Are they missing feathers, bleeding, etc?? Or is it just more that they peck at each other all the time???
  5. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. So glad you joined. It is normal for them to peck at one another but drawing blood creates a problem. Once chickens draw blood, they don't stop. If blood has been drawn, you need to put something like Blukote on any wounds. It helps heal and disguise the red color. Otherwise you seem to be doing everything you can to give them something to do. Good luck. [​IMG]
  6. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC. There are several reasons why they peck each other. Overcrowding can cause picking/pecking. Is there enough room for them inside their house? If not, you'll have to expand their house. If you have a light on inside their house at night, that will cause picking/pecking from the lack of sleep. Their diet could be a concern, commercial layer feed is recommended, lay off the treats and scratch. I recommend that you provide them extra protein with gamebird feed which is about 22% protein. There also could be pecking order issues involved. If there's one or two bullies in the bunch causing the problems, remove them for several days, then return them back with the others....that'll knock them down a notch or two in the pecking order. They could be bored...hang a head of lettuce or cabbage in their pen, just above their heads so they have to jump up abit to get a bite...that will keep them busy. Good luck.
  7. weimarmama

    weimarmama Crowing

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Great advice given. Good luck [​IMG]

  8. broodytood

    broodytood Songster

    Feb 12, 2011
    Swampville, Wa!
    Quote:X2 [​IMG]
  9. SmallTimeChicks

    SmallTimeChicks In the Brooder

    May 12, 2012
    Volney, NY
    I am having the same problem! However, my flock of 6 is now down to only 5 due to their pecking. My 5 hens have ample space too, 8X8 indoors, and another 8X8 outdoors with perches, cabbage hanging, scratch daily, and my kitchen scraps daily. I put vitamin supplements in their water, they have many perches, and more nesting boxes than birds (but of course they only choose two of the identical boxes). These hens grew up together since they were days old, and I haven't added any additional birds. I tried separating the culprit for two days to "knock them down a peg or two" on the pecking order, and that chicken was pecked to death the next day. =0( Now they all habitually peck one another. I spray poultry anti-bacterial spray on them, and have looked at all my local Tractor Supply and local farm suppliers for some sort of bitter tasting spray, however, no one sells it around these parts. I tried ordering some Blukote online, and it never arrived. =0( I guess it's just some bad luck! I've had hundreds of chickens at any given time growing up, but have never experienced such trouble with my little hens. =0( Any additional advice would be most appreciated!
  10. jbirds2012

    jbirds2012 Songster

    Aug 14, 2012
    paicines, ca.

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