HOLY CRAP is this normal?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by fernandez0067, May 5, 2009.

  1. fernandez0067

    fernandez0067 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok so I just went out to the coop area to check on my chickens and I walked in the coop and my favorite RIR named "ladybird" was standing on one of the high perches all puffed out wings spread kinda with a STONE COLD stare.

    it was very quiet for a minute and then all of a sudden............ SPLAT

    egg on the floor! All of the other chickens came running and devoured it in a matter of seconds...


    what the heck is going on today.... is this normal?

    I had to seperate one of my other RIR's this morning because she was attacking one of my golden comets and wouldnt let up until there was blood! this is so strange... its like the twilight zone up here in NY
     
  2. mrsengeseth

    mrsengeseth Chillin' With My Peeps

    sounds pretty normal. give the girls something else to be interested in to peck at and work out some aggression, it might help. might not.

    a flock block, a head of cabbage to peck...stuff like that might help. If it's hot where you are, freeze some sunflower seeds or somehting your girls like...mung bean sprounts...into a block of ice and let them peck that to pieces. will help pecking desire as well as cool them off.

    Of course this is all said assuming thye aren't picking at each other for health reasons. [​IMG]
     
  3. fernandez0067

    fernandez0067 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    its has been an ongoing saga with my flock.

    we started with 27 chickens.... 7 of them were roosters
    TOTAL CHAOS

    finally we got rid of the roosters and it calmed down for a while but now they are all crazy

    we have a huge run and just fenced in a large area

    i give them sunflower seeds, lettuce, oatmeal, EVERYTHING

    they have layer available at allt imes

    im ready to rip my hair out
     
  4. fernandez0067

    fernandez0067 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OH AND.... they have been treated for lice and mites for about a month now...
    i thought maybe thats why they didnt have feathers until i saw the vicious attack going on this morning
     
  5. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    How much protein are they getting? Not enough protein can lead to feather picking.
     
  6. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Quote:I kinda thought that too, especially with all the treats they're getting. I think de-hulled sunflower seeds have decent levels of protein, but too many of most treats will dilute the protein in the feed.
     
  7. fernandez0067

    fernandez0067 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hrm....

    so maybe its TOO many treats??????
     
  8. fernandez0067

    fernandez0067 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i give them yogurt all the time though too... and its greek yogurt so its loaded with protein
     
  9. RevaVirginia

    RevaVirginia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, it's normal. Probably couldn't find a handful of folks without at least some chunks of their hair missing.
     
  10. fernandez0067

    fernandez0067 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so do you suggest i do? cut down on the treats?
     

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