injury help...my polish roo head still being pecked. advice please

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ldutch123, Dec 21, 2011.

  1. ldutch123

    ldutch123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok what should I do...my polish roo is being pecked in the head. This has happened ever since we got him. They girls he is with are a mixed flock one polish hen, wyndottes, BR, marans, red sex links. Ok here is what I wonder if we should do. Should we put him and the polish hen in with the chicks? They are 4 months old all hens of mixed flock no polish. I was thinkin this because they r still not full.size and maybe wouldn't pick on him. What do u think??
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Due to the difference in size, it will probably work for at least a while. Mixed flocks tend to pick at the crests of Polish. The habit can sometimes be broken if they are allowed to free range. Once the habit starts, it is very difficult to break.
     
  3. jamesnoldsr

    jamesnoldsr Out Of The Brooder

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    There are products you can get at feed stores that discourage chicken picking. Its a fairly common problem, especially once they draw blood- then all of them join in. They can do alot of damage in a fairly short amount of time. I would separate him until you can get some of that product to put on him. Poor boy.
     
  4. ldutch123

    ldutch123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Right now he is with 11 hens and they free range all day and I seperate him and fran my polish hen at night. He still gets picked but here and there but the back of his head is bald I coat it everynight with blukote.
     
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    This is a very common problem when Polish are run in mixed flocks.
     
  6. KarenP

    KarenP Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used blue coat and sprayed it on her head. I also seperated mine at night for a week. I do agree with the free ranging. It gives them time away from the pickers!!!
     
  7. Tracydr

    Tracydr Chillin' With My Peeps

    I keep my silkies separate from the rest of the flock. They are just too docile.
     
  8. ldutch123

    ldutch123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He is such a sweetheart. This pic is of my Fran. She is sweet too[​IMG] img].
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  9. ldutch123

    ldutch123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Poor Floyd looks awful. His head is all dirty and blue from the blukote. But he is such a happy roo.
     
  10. Chicken_Pauper

    Chicken_Pauper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Beautiful Polish, both of them!
     

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