Pecking :/

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by andrealeec, Oct 7, 2011.

  1. andrealeec

    andrealeec In the Brooder

    Apr 10, 2011
    A couple of my girls (and my roo) are getting pecked by the other girls. I don't know who is doing it because they never do it in front of me. I thought maybe it was mites at first so I freaked, scrubbed/sprayed etc. and I am pretty certain that that isn't it. My poor EE is so bad she is dripping blood. I think that I will have to seperate her for a while...anyway, I have been throwing hay in their pen every day to keep them occupied, but anything else I can do to deter this behavior? I throw them treats every day, and scratch grains, IDK what else to do!!

  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member 9 Years

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    There are several reasons why they would peck at each other. Certainly lice/mites can be a problem as you mentioned. You need to physically pick them up and visually inspect them closely, especially around the vent area. Mites are slow movers, look like pepper, are usually on the skin. Lice move quicker and easier to spot. Overcrowding can cause picking, is there enough room in their house for them to roost...enough room in their pen/run? Do they have the proper feed to eat? If they are over 18-20 weeks old they should be eating layer feed with at least 16-18% protein in it. Lack of proper nutrients and minerals can cause picking, treats should be only given at minimum including scratch. Picking could be a lack of enough protein, especially if they're eating the feathers. If that's the case, I recommend that you feed them scrambled egg with buttermilk mixed in their feed to make a mash and give it to them to eat for about a week. Another reason for picking could be boredom. Hang a head of cabbage in their pen somehow and let them peck at it. Hang it just a little above their head level. Your rooster could be overmating your EE, causing feather loss and bleeding, Perhaps purchasing chicken saddles/aprons will solve that problem. Vicks vapor rub or rooster booster "black salve" placed on the areas being picked will deter picking. Finally, picking and pecking could be caused by pecking order issues. If you can catch the aggressor in the act, you can seperate the culprit for about a week in lockdown, then return her with the others. She'll find out she's been knocked down a few notches in the pecking order and should end her aggressiveness.

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