Little peckers

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Redpop, Nov 26, 2011.

  1. Redpop

    Redpop Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 6 12-week old chickens of different breeds. All but 1 are pecking each other. They seem to be eating the feathers. How do I get them to stop? I have had to seperate one because her butt was scabbed up.
     
  2. math ace

    math ace Overrun With Chickens

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    Sounds like over crowding. . . .
    What size or type of living conditions are they in?

    Also, what are you feeding them?


    How many are cockerels?
     
  3. Mikey D

    Mikey D Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Red - Welcome to BYC - I've no idea bout the pecking thing other than Blu-kote is the stuff to spray on open wounds - worked for mine.

    Check out the Arizona thread - lotsa good peeps!

    Good luck with your peckers!
     
  4. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Agree, it sounds like over-crowding.
     
  5. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    I'd say they are too crowded and perhaps are not getting enough protein. And yeah, come on over to the AZ thread.
     
  6. Redpop

    Redpop Out Of The Brooder

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    Their coop and run is about 80sqft. I figured that was enough for 6 chickens. Do I need to make it bigger? Thanks for the blu cote advice. I'll try it. I am also trying something called pecker wrecker that's suppose to stop back pecking. I'm wondering if anyone has had any luck with it.
     
  7. math ace

    math ace Overrun With Chickens

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    Are they all pullets?
    (The more cockerels the more space that is needed)



    Some breeds need more space than others, what type of breeds are they?



    Are you seeing them pulling and eating feathers or all you just seeing a lot of feathers on the ground?

    Are you seeing ONE picking on all of them or all picking on each other?


    LASTLY, what are you feeding them?
     
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  8. Redpop

    Redpop Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:They are all pullets, I think. I'm new to chicken raising. . I have a barred Plymouth rock, a Rhode island red, an austrolorp, a jersey giant, an Easter egger, an a gold laced Wyandotte. They are all but one pecking each other and they are eating the feathers. I am feeding them purina chick starter. I did just upgrade to a bigger feeder because they were finishing their food before I got home from work. I also just started giving them yogurt and veggies.
     
  9. math ace

    math ace Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:For starters, I think you are at the MIN. on spacing for the 6 birds. I would find some way to give these bird more space.

    Next, running out of food could be part of the problem by itself. They should ALWAYS have food and water available.

    Lastly, between being tight on space AND bored.... you are just asking for trouble. You can add space and interest to your current run by

    1.) create some roosts about 1 to 2 feet above the ground.
    2.) give chicken toys.... a head of HANGING cabbage for starters or those, hanging seed cakes, OR hang a suet cage with greens in it.
    3.) put a bigger feeder OR two small feeders out so that they don't run out of food.


    MOVE space should be a top priority - - Your austrolorp and jersey giant are gonna be some BIG birds. The rest of your birds aren't small breeds either [​IMG]
     
  10. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:For starters, I think you are at the MIN. on spacing for the 6 birds. I would find some way to give these bird more space.

    Next, running out of food could be part of the problem by itself. They should ALWAYS have food and water available.

    Lastly, between being tight on space AND bored.... you are just asking for trouble. You can add space and interest to your current run by

    1.) create some roosts about 1 to 2 feet above the ground.
    2.) give chicken toys.... a head of HANGING cabbage for starters or those, hanging seed cakes, OR hang a suet cage with greens in it.
    3.) put a bigger feeder OR two small feeders out so that they don't run out of food.


    MOVE space should be a top priority - - Your austrolorp and jersey giant are gonna be some BIG birds. The rest of your birds aren't small breeds either [​IMG]

    What do you mean minimum? 80 sq ft is lots for 6 birds. 4 sq ft per bird - right now they have 13 sq ft a bird. It has nothing to do with space..
     

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