pecking and pulling out tail feathers!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Shotsii, Oct 31, 2010.

  1. Shotsii

    Shotsii Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 26 12-13 week old EEs. They are pecking each others' tail feathers out, and one bird in particular is now bleeding on it's bum. They are free fed grower crumbles and given a handful of scratch every afternoon for a treat. They live in a 10 x 6' dog pen attached to a circular run 30' in diameter. I feel they have plenty of space for now, though we're working on an much larger pen for them. Why are they doing this and how can I stop it?
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    The rule of thumb is 4 sq ft per chicken inside and 10 sq ft outside. Many people say this is too small. The lack of enough space issue is a very common cause of this picking and pecking. I would say it is the cause of your troubles.
     

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