Pecking injury and how to stop/treat

K rae

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Aug 30, 2017
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We have a chicken that is wanting to just hang out in the nesting box the other chickens are using. We are not positive, but think this injury is from the others pecking him to get out. Either that or illness....Either way, it looks bad. Suggestions for how to treat the injury and what to do to keep her from trying to sit on top of other chickens so she’s getting pecked less (there are 4 nesting boxes and 5 hens).
 

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sylviethecochin

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The hen next to her looks pecked as well. I think you have a bigger problem than just her. Four nest boxes is quite enough for five hens, and usually, they sit on each other; they don't beat each other up for nesting boxes.

A lot of people spray blu-kote. Some use anti-peck ointment as treatment.

How much room do you have in your coop and run? How old are your hens? What are you feeding them? How's your climate?

Too little room in coop and run causes pecking as hens get bored. (4 sq ft. per hen coop, 10 sq feet per hen run is appropriate.) Young hens just beginning to lay are experiencing a surge of hormones and are more likely to cannibilise than at any other stage of life. Too little protein causes feather pecking and turns into blood-pecking. If it's too cold outside, your hens are cooped up and bored in your coop.

Hope this helps.
 

K rae

In the Brooder
Aug 30, 2017
4
1
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The hen next to her looks pecked as well. I think you have a bigger problem than just her. Four nest boxes is quite enough for five hens, and usually, they sit on each other; they don't beat each other up for nesting boxes.

A lot of people spray blu-kote. Some use anti-peck ointment as treatment.

How much room do you have in your coop and run? How old are your hens? What are you feeding them? How's your climate?

Too little room in coop and run causes pecking as hens get bored. (4 sq ft. per hen coop, 10 sq feet per hen run is appropriate.) Young hens just beginning to lay are experiencing a surge of hormones and are more likely to cannibilise than at any other stage of life. Too little protein causes feather pecking and turns into blood-pecking. If it's too cold outside, your hens are cooped up and bored in your coop.

Hope this helps.
Thank you both for the help. They were out of the peepers but had blu coat and ointment. They do have a good amount of space but it’s been colder. They still seemed to be getting out plenty but I’ll find some other ways to keep them entertained. They have a good sized clear area in their immediate own but we still have a few feet of snow around the pen. I’ll keep you posted. Thank you all so much again!!
 

K rae

In the Brooder
Aug 30, 2017
4
1
14
Thank you both for the help. They were out of the peepers but had blu coat and ointment. They do have a good amount of space but it’s been colder. They still seemed to be getting out plenty but I’ll find some other ways to keep them entertained. They have a good sized clear area in their immediate own but we still have a few feet of snow around the pen. I’ll keep you posted. Thank you all so much again!!
*pen not own
 

Sipplchicks

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We have a chicken that is wanting to just hang out in the nesting box the other chickens are using. We are not positive, but think this injury is from the others pecking him to get out. Either that or illness....Either way, it looks bad. Suggestions for how to treat the injury and what to do to keep her from trying to sit on top of other chickens so she’s getting pecked less (there are 4 nesting boxes and 5 hens).
I had a hen that look similar when they were all in in the coldest part of winter. I put peroxide in a small spray bottle, sprayed it good then dabbled it with a thick cote of Neosporin. We kept her separate ( in a dog crate). I treated her like that 3 times a day. And she went back out in three or four days. We they could all go out side again. It worked great for her.
 

K rae

In the Brooder
Aug 30, 2017
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Thank you everyone for the help! We started a regiment and so far so good!
 

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