Pecking Problem Please Help!!!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by TurnerFlock, Oct 8, 2015.

  1. TurnerFlock

    TurnerFlock Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 8, 2015
    We are new chicken owners. We got 5 chickens to start with at the beginning of July. 1 Buff Orpington, 1 Delaware, 1 Wyandotte, and 2 Polish. The have been in the outside coop and run since they were 8 weeks. Everyone got along fine. About 2 weeks ago, both Polish started getting the feathers on their heads pecked off by the Orp and the Delaware, the Wyandotte seems uninterested. Now they both are missing feathers off the top of their heads. We put the purple no-peck stuff on. It might help a little. We quarantined off a section of the run and put the 2 Polish in there and then everyone goes in the coop at night. Now we are putting the Orp and the Delaware in the quarantine area. This is not aggressive pecking from what we have seen. If a Polish head happens to be near one of the others beaks, it's going to get pecked. There appears to be no pecking going on once they are back in the coop at night. They have been very resourceful at getting out of the quarantine area so I am sealing it off better this weekend. I really need help solving this problem. I really don't want to build a second coop for the Polish. I built the first big enough for these and then some. Thanks in advance for any advice.
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  3. TurnerFlock

    TurnerFlock Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 8, 2015
    I just realized I put this in the intro section. My apologies. The first few sentences kind of cover an intro though. Glad to be here.[​IMG]
  4. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2013
    Midwest America

    BluKote, Pick-no-More or Peckless Peepers (I think that's what they are called) may be options. Otherwise, sectioning off part of the coop more permanently may help.

    Good luck!
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    It's fine that you posted here. Polish and Silkies are typically peck victims by regular looking chickens. If blu kote doesn't help, you can get "pinless peepers," (put that in the seach box so you can learn about them).

    I am thinking of a rather radical approach to the problem. I don't think it has ever been done before, so this would be totally experimental. I am wondering if the topknots and crests were cut back to a more normal length - if the other breeds would stop picking on them.

    Maybe it would be worth trying with just one polish. The crests will grow back (unless they are plucked out again.) I think if the flock accepts them with trimmed crests, they may get used to them before the feathers get long again. If so, they could be cut back again. It would benefit the polish(or silkies) in that they would have much better vision without the crest obscuring their eyes. Their reaction time would be much better and maybe they would even peck back.

    I hope one of these ways will be of use to you. Otherwise people tend to keep polish and silkies away from other breeds.
  6. steven29128

    steven29128 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2015
    South Carolina USA
    Chickens are like kids at times.
    Welcome to Back Yard Chickens ! [​IMG]
  7. Peep-Chicken

    Peep-Chicken Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 10, 2013
    My Coop
    Hello :frow and welcome to BYC!

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