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pecking?? True or False?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Angel16, Mar 5, 2013.

  1. Angel16

    Angel16 Songster

    Hello, i wondered if this was true or false; my mom heard that if hens start pecking at each other and draw blood that they all will go after the one that is bleeding. is this true?
     

  2. Sunkhaze Farm

    Sunkhaze Farm In the Brooder

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    seems to be so with my flock right now :(
     
  3. Angel16

    Angel16 Songster

    really? i thought that it wasn't true cause it sounded more like sharks then chicken! how do you stop it?
     
  4. stefan333

    stefan333 Chirping

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    Just yesterday I heard some loud chirping coming from my brooder box of baby chicks. One chick was standing on top of another chick holding it down while all the others were taking turns pecking at its foot. I rescued the poor chickie who had a bloody foot. I had seen pecking before but nothing like this. It was brutal. So the answer is yes. If chicks see blood they turn into cannibals.
     
  5. stefan333

    stefan333 Chirping

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    You stop it by removing the hurt chick. Just a random fact related to this: Do you know why most chick feeders are red? Because chicks are naturally drawn to peck at the color red.
     
  6. Angel16

    Angel16 Songster

    i didn't know that! so if my pullets start to peck at another pullet i would have to separate the one that's being pecked or could i hang food in the coop to stop them? would that work do you think?
     
  7. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    You need to remove the one being pecked on.
     

  8. Angel16

    Angel16 Songster

    okay and how long would i have to wait after the wound has heeled to put her back in with the others?
     
  9. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    You could put it back in after the scabs are gone and keep an eye on it.
     
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2013
  10. Angel16

    Angel16 Songster

    okay and what should i do if that attack her again?
     

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