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One chick being pecked on head-help

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Juliechickens, May 20, 2007.

  1. Juliechickens

    Juliechickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, I have a question concerning one of my chickens. I'm still a rookie to my flock and I want to know what to do about one of my chickens being pecked on the back of his head. He is a polish which makes his head stand out even more. Now it's gotten scabby and bless his/her heart I took him out last night and put Neosporin on it for him and he just lovvvvvvved me doing that. He fell asleep in my lap while I gently rubbed the back of his head. Only about 4-5 weeks old. Why are all the other chickens pecking his head and how can I stop this behavior??????????????
    I removed him from most of the flock and placed him with only 4 other smaller chickens in another brood pen and he seems way better however,,,even younger chicks seem to want to peck at his bright red scalp in the back. So horribly sad, he does not fight back,,,he just chirps as is hurts when the doing it. It's making me so angry as I've grown to love him and want to make them stop.
    Question: What is the best way to help a scabby head from other chickens pecking him? And How can I get others to stop pecking him??????? Please email me at [email protected]
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  2. BirdBrain

    BirdBrain Prefers Frozen Tail Feathers

    May 7, 2007
    Alaska
    Julie,
    Chicken will peck at anything red or unusual. Try getting some BlueKote (I think I spelled that right) from your feed store or vet to put on there. It will help the area heal and make it blue. The chickens won't be as likely to peck it. Here is a link so you can see what the stuff looks like http://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/product/blue_kote_wound_dressing.html
     
  3. Juliechickens

    Juliechickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you Birdbrain, I actually have some of this blue coat stuff. I bought it before my chickens hatched (just in case) I applied a little of it on his head yesterday but it seemed to sting or somthing as I sprayed it so I only applied very little. He chirpped really loud when I did it so I stopped. I think I'll do it again now that it's confirmed to be a good idea. I wasn't sure if it was the right thing to do for him or not. Thank you so much for your help! I'm going to coat it well for him today. Oh he's so precious! He loves me and I held him till I went to sleep last night. He's doing better in his brood pen with only 4 other smaller chickens.
    Will his wound heal? How long does it take to heal?
    Julie
     
  4. 2mnypets

    2mnypets Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It will heal in time. One of my girls got mob attacked and she hollared when I sprayed it on her as well. I did change my brooder bulb from white to red. It has definitely helped. TLC goes a long way too. Let us know how your baby fairs.
     
  5. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

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    Yep, I agree with the Blu-Kote, it works wonders and I wouldn't be concerned with peep making sounds. Prolly just freaked from the spray scaring it.

    bigzio
     

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