New member and new to having BYC's! City girl gone country!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by RC Cruiser, Jul 14, 2016.

  1. RC Cruiser

    RC Cruiser New Egg

    Jul 14, 2016
    Hi everyone! I posted a question under Emergencies!!!!

    Please help me! I have 6 Rhode Island Reds and 6 Delawares. Someone is pecking my RIR's to where they are bleeding. I did separate them 3 weeks ago when 3 of them were pecked on their backsides and bleeding.

    Now, today one RIR was pecked again on her backside and now neck in the front! We have separated her from the rest. She has her own food, water and space. She is actually the slimest RIR that I have.

    My girls have plenty of space,food and water.

    Please help!

    My girls are well taken care of. What can I do????? They are about 9 weeks old. They've been together since they hatched.
  2. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

    Jan 10, 2013
    [​IMG]and Welcome to BYC.

    Sorry about your problem. But would suggest you look to see who has not been pecked and remove that chicken?

    The slimmest chicken is likely the lowest of the order and would be the one to catch the worst of glad you have separated her.

    Would suggest watching and observing to see who the culprit(s) are and deal with the bad gals. Spray any pecked areas with BluKote to help reduce the repeated problems. Make sure your flock don't have lice or mites - that could cause a whole flock picking problem?

    Hopefully someone with more experience will show up with opines to help..
  3. Adrian Medlicot

    Adrian Medlicot Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 11, 2016
    A Run
    Well, the most likely reason by why that chicken is being picked on is because of pecking order, the RIR that is mostly being pecked is probably at the bottom of the line, but give it time, and it will be resolved also if it gets too serious like in your case you were right to separate them.

    Hope this was helpful!
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    The slimest one is most likely being bullied away from the feeder. Probably also denied water.. Any bird that isn't missing feathers or bleeding is most likely the gang leader. That is the one you want to remove from the flock. Use Blu-kote on the injured birds to cover up the blood/wounds.
    Chickens go nuts when they see injuries or blood, and will even cannibalize the victims.
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  5. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.
  6. RC Cruiser

    RC Cruiser New Egg

    Jul 14, 2016
    Thanks, I have her separated. She has her own nesting box, food and water. She is in the same coop, but completely separated from the others. They can see and hear each other.

    I bought DE tonight and a pecking block. Cleaning out run in the morning and putting DE down on the sand. Cleaning out coop and putting DE in the pine shavings too and in nesting boxes. We just made the nesting boxes today. There are 14 of them that we built. We have a large coop.
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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