Pecking out of boredom?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by lyndatu, Nov 21, 2007.

  1. lyndatu

    lyndatu Songster

    Nov 13, 2007
    I read on another thread that chickens would peck others if they're bored. Is this true? If yes, what should I do to keep them entertained?

    Once again,

    Thanks in advance?
  2. McChix

    McChix In the Brooder

    Oct 30, 2007
    Hi, lyndatu.

    Search this forum for chicken toys, entertainment. As I remember, people suggest making a cabbage tetherball, and other interesting things.

    My chickens do seem to peck at each other when they are bored/discontented - like when they get cooped up after a luxurious weekend of (supervised) free-ranging. My 3 girls had gotten along very well together until their 25th week, then the RIR pecked my poor little white legorn's comb bloody! (It WOULD be the white chicken that's a mess!)

    I read on this forum to put mentholatum on the comb of the picked chicken - it worked great! (I put antibiotic ointment on first, though.) She seems to like having her comb massaged! The RIR got a mouthful and was SOOOO disgusted - she wiped her beak off as fast as she could - and I haven't seen any further picking!

    Thanks everyone here at BYC! Your combined chicken wisdom has been very helpful!

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