Meat bird chicks pecking, multiple injuries

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Bondservant, Feb 27, 2017.

  1. Bondservant

    Bondservant New Egg

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    Hello! I've been raising chickens for eggs and pets for years. My son and I have just moved up to small scale meat production. 50 at a time max. All roosters. Various large breeds. I know how to stop pecking in small flocks. But in larger. It's a bit frustrating. Any ideas? They are in a large pen. Not cramped. They are to small to free range. 3weeks at the time I posted this feb 27/17
     
  2. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Flock Master Premium Member

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    The only thing I can come up with is they need more room. Over crowding causes a plethora of problems, pecking being one of them. How big exactly is your pen?
     
  3. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

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    What are the dimensions of your pen, what are you feeding them? and what is the temperature in their pen?
     
  4. Picking in poultry is caused by these factors.....

    Too hot
    Too crowded
    Short of fresh air
    Lack of protein in diet and coop too brightly lit.....This is a common issue with Meat and laying Birds......


    Best wishes....

    Cheers!
     
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2017

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