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new pullets pecking each other

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Mimi, Nov 16, 2008.

  1. Mimi

    Mimi Hatching

    Nov 1, 2008
    Hey everyone,

    I just picked up my 5-week old pullets---two Australorps and three RIR. One of the RIR has a small sore on her back and the other girls are already pecking at it. How do I stop this now? I love this site and find it very helpful..

  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Hi Mimi and congrats on your new feathered friends!
    Do you have a tractor supply store, farmer's co-op or the like near you?
    You can get some pine tar there. It will most likely be in the equine section. Apply to small amount to the sore. It will seal the wound to aid in healing and if the others decide to peck at it they'll find out real quick that's not a good idea.
    Pine tar is stinky, sticky and a little hard to apply, but it works better than anything else I've seen.
    Being Sunday you may not be able to get anything today, so you could apply a small amount of Vick's vapor rub to tide you over. Works on the same principle as the pine tar. It's stinky and taste horrible and the other chicks will find better things to do with their time.

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