Magic Sod - the solution to major pecking problems.

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Karlie, May 12, 2009.

  1. Karlie

    Karlie New Egg

    May 12, 2009
    This is my first post and we're first timers with 8 straight run Austra White chicks. They are 16 days old today.

    I will admit that the babies seemed to grow much faster than we expected. Heck on day two, they arrived from a local breeder with wing feathers already budding out.

    As they grew, we discovered a major bully in the bunch who would peck at everyone. Some of the wounds were getting pretty nasty and I don't think anyone except the bully was spared. Plus, once there was a hint of read on those pristine white feathers, none of the peeps could resist taking a poke.

    We had a run of warm weather and were able to get the peeps into the back yard which, of course, stopped the pecking and allowed wounds to heal. But bringing them back in at night would result in more pecking.

    So last night before I brought the flock in, I was wondering what the morning carnage would look like. Needless to say I was worried and kept pouring over what might be different outside. Outside, they weren't caged in any way but they still stuck to an area about as big as they used inside so it wasn't space.. I was stumped.

    Our solution - I had two round chunks of sod from our un-treated lawn left from planting lilac bushes that I brought inside last night. Not a single open wound this morning!

    The pieces are only about the size of a dinner plate, but had enough grass and weeds to re-direct their pecking to someplace constructive.
  2. Javamama

    Javamama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2008
    [​IMG] That's Brilliant! Luv the ingenuity!

    And Welcome To BYC!
    Last edited: May 12, 2009
  3. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia

    And thank you for sharing! Wonderful idea!
  4. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

    Mar 3, 2009
    [​IMG] What type of light do yo have on them? ANy ? If you have a white light try using red .. That seems the biggest reason most chicks peck IMHO...
  5. Karlie

    Karlie New Egg

    May 12, 2009
    We had white light for day and red for night, but the only thing that stopped it was no-light. They'd actually sleep rather than being awake all night pecking.

    But without a light they'd still be up at dawn pecking around. The grass did the trick - at least for now, but if I can get them out in the coop soon, it should be fine.

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