how long does it take in jail to lower her top pecking ranking

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Lisa202, Apr 2, 2011.

  1. Lisa202

    Lisa202 Songster

    Aug 20, 2010
    Long Island NY
    I have a feather pecker that is in chicken jail right now. She started pecking feathers (eating a few). Some chickens butts are bare and she's the only one doing it. While I know that it can be a protein problem (which I'm taking care of) I also want to address the fact that she may be a bully. She's the top chicken and I've heard that you can separate them and that will lower their pecking status. I tried this for about 4 hours this morning, and when I put her back with the others, she went right back to pecking their feathers. So I separated her again. I have a little coop next to the run where they can see her, and I intend to put her in a dog crate at night in the coop if I have too.

    How long do you think I should keep her separated?

  2. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    A week or better, two.
  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Quote:That's what it took me too.


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