one of my chickens is pecking the other behind

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MCBackYardGirls, Jan 25, 2011.

  1. MCBackYardGirls

    MCBackYardGirls Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello, today we noticed that one of my chickens is pecking several other ones behinds. All the feathers are gone in about a four inch diameter. We isolated the one that I think is guilty, but I wonder if this has happened to anyone else and how long do I need to isolate her? Why do they do this? No blood yet, but if she keeps doing it I am thinking it will be really bad. Thanks for 'yall's help!!!!!
     
  2. Hillbilly Hen

    Hillbilly Hen Overrun With Chickens

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    could they have mites?
     
  3. sharol

    sharol Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have they been confined to the coop? How much room do they have? Are they bored? Sometimes feather picking can stem from boredom and bad temper.

    Are they getting sufficient protein? It is my understanding that if they are eating the feathers, that could be the problem.
     
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  4. MCBackYardGirls

    MCBackYardGirls Out Of The Brooder

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    They have the whole backyard. They shouldn't be bored and we feed them pellets with protein. I will check for mites. Can you see mites?
     
  5. Hillbilly Hen

    Hillbilly Hen Overrun With Chickens

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    Sometimes. I have heard that it is best to check at night with a flashlight under their vents. Lice are very tiny.
     
  6. chicken2010

    chicken2010 Out Of The Brooder

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    yes! my particular hen has been doing that to the other chickens too
     
  7. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

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