Newbie with issues!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by mrscojo, Feb 5, 2016.

  1. mrscojo

    mrscojo New Egg

    Aug 28, 2015
    Cheyenne, WY

    I recently became a chicken owner in November 2015. {Have done lots of reading and research on here and haven't introduced myself yet.} We had just relocated to Cheyenne, WY and finally got a place that allowed chickens. I took an existing structure and made it a coop. Its probably 12x12 (Pictured in my profile pic) and I put 6 nesting boxes in. I bought 6 pullets in november and they all started laying soon after. I added some heat lamps for the extra cold days and have given them about 2 extra hours of light after dusk.

    But recently they have started pecking each other pretty badly. Long story here: but I had one starting to become a bit broody. So I spent the morning setting up a cage to keep her separate but still in the coop. Then I went back out to refill her water and she got out. The first thing she did was draw blood on the backside of another hen. They have been pecking at each other since we have gotten lots of snow and they couldn't be out as much. But never have drawn blood before. Do I need to keep the bloody one separate now too?? I give them plenty of scraps and hanging garland and a pecking block. I can't seem to figure it out!

    I have 3 welsummers and 3 rhode Island reds.

    Thanks for any tips or advice you have for a newbie!
  2. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Flock Master

    Apr 6, 2014
    Melrose Park Illinois
    If there is blood, then you need to separate at least until wound healed, Blood drives the chickens into a pecking frenzy. Treat the wound as best as you can. Cleaning being quite important, followed by an antiseptic like alcohol, or peroxide wiped to prevent possible infections. If bleeding is minimal and a scab formed and dried, then do not try to remove scab of course. After healing, it will fall of on its own..
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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

    Hholly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 3, 2015
    Amo, IN
    Personally, I would get rid of any chicken that drew blood in any way. Welcome to the forum. There are too many good chickens out there to mess with mean ones.
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - I'm sorry that you are having some issues. Cavenmanrich has already given you good advice about treating your chicken. You may wish to search for "causes of aggression" in the search box and see if what is there may apply to your flock.

    All the best
  6. napahunter

    napahunter Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 5, 2016
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Has this ever happened before with your flock? I am thinking the one that is a "bit" broody , maybe more seriously broody that you think. Broodies can be extremely protective of chicks that don't even have yet.
  8. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to join the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC.

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