Hurt pullet at her head and neck region- in need of guidance!

chickity-chick

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The front of her (her breast) looks sticky/wet is that because she spills food when eating due to her beak?
Get some photos of your birds and the coop/run.

I would check her over really well to make sure she's not got lice/mites.
Does she lay eggs?

Add some obstacles to your run so she can avoid the 2 bullies. Add another feeder or two. It's not uncommon for the lowest bird to get picked on.
Nope! That’s water! When she drinks water her little beard gets wet. Yes she does lay! 6 days a week she gives me a little blue egg. I have three feeders all in different places already. I have many obstacles as well for this exact reason. The problem is that she just doesn’t try to run she just sits down submissively and gets brutally abused. They don’t pluck the feathers to eat them although all the birds do eat them from the run flood eventually- it’s purely just aggression towards her not to eat the feathers. I seperated her this morning- I figured out a way to keep her in the same run area but sectioned off- I put her with her nicest sister so she’s not alone.
 

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Nope! That’s water! When she drinks water her little beard gets wet. Yes she does lay! 6 days a week she gives me a little blue egg. I have three feeders all in different places already. I have many obstacles as well for this exact reason. The problem is that she just doesn’t try to run she just sits down submissively and gets brutally abused. They don’t pluck the feathers to eat them although all the birds do eat them from the run flood eventually- it’s purely just aggression towards her not to eat the feathers. I seperated her this morning- I figured out a way to keep her in the same run area but sectioned off- I put her with her nicest sister so she’s not alone.
Got it. can you take the bullies in an area were they can't see the others? Keep them away for a few days to bump them down on the pecking order.
 

chickity-chick

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Feather picking and eating can be due to lack of protein.
Feather picking/plucking is often due to lack of space.
The OP's pullet is being picked on the head - IF they had a rooster/cockerel I would chalk it up to mating. Very possible that another pullet or 2 is even mounting her if no rooster is present - not unheard of.

Extra protein is not going to resolve a bullying problem and there is no hard and fast rule that someone "needs" to feed 20% feed. 16% layer feed can be sufficient IF extras are kept to a minimum.

The pullet may be very submissive, she may have something more going on with her (she's unwell?) hard to know.
Peepers are a possible "fix" but evaluating the whole set-up (space, number of birds, etc.), feed and health of the flock needs to be done.

Yes the red sec links do mount her!! They literally will stand and just bite and tear at her!! I will check her over for mites when I get back home! I will also take pictures of my set up when I get home too.
 

chickity-chick

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Got it. can you take the bullies in an area were they can't see the others? Keep them away for a few days to bump them down on the pecking order.

Yes so this is my plan I think so far- I have the abused seperated with her kindest sister now. I will do this until she is fully healed. Then, I will remove the red sex links and bring them completely inside the house for 3-4 days while I let the abused and her sister join the rest of the flock again. Then I will re integrate the red sex links. If that doesn’t fix the behavior the peepers will go on the red sex links and I hope that helps. I also ordered a flock block for every one and a chicken saddle for the abused baby. I am making a dedicated dust bath as well and will add some more perches. This is my plan so far. I will send you pictures of the set up when I get home in an hour. Thank you so much everyone for helping me! I’ve never had to deal with this before
 

chickity-chick

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May 1, 2020
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Atlanta, GA
Feather picking and eating can be due to lack of protein.
Feather picking/plucking is often due to lack of space.
The OP's pullet is being picked on the head - IF they had a rooster/cockerel I would chalk it up to mating. Very possible that another pullet or 2 is even mounting her if no rooster is present - not unheard of.

Extra protein is not going to resolve a bullying problem and there is no hard and fast rule that someone "needs" to feed 20% feed. 16% layer feed can be sufficient IF extras are kept to a minimum.

The pullet may be very submissive, she may have something more going on with her (she's unwell?) hard to know.
Peepers are a possible "fix" but evaluating the whole set-up (space, number of birds, etc.), feed and health of the flock needs to be done.
@Wegg these are pictures of my set up! And the coop that is being built. The small coop with the shingles behind the hot tub is where I have locked my injured girl and her sister! The others have the large rectangle and the tunnels behind the bushes.
 

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