Pecking

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Gatekeeper, Oct 16, 2008.

  1. Gatekeeper

    Gatekeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have at least two birds that their rumps have been pecked till bloody. They have plenty of room and feed. Suggestions and ideas are welcome.

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  2. Attack Chicken

    Attack Chicken [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Hu

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    I've heard you can put Blu-Kot (dunno if I'm spelling it right) on them and the other will stop pecking. Sure it isn't maybe mites?
     
  3. Gatekeeper

    Gatekeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nahh they get dusted often - they are pecking :-S Blue dot?
     
  4. Attack Chicken

    Attack Chicken [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Hu

    Sep 25, 2008
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    Im not sure what its called might want to look on some other posts. I've seen it a lot, but not sure how it's spelled.
     
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    I've read where some have success with Blu-Kote, others say it didn't work worth a hoot.
    I used pine tar. Messy, but works with one application.
     
  6. SwampChicken

    SwampChicken Out Of The Brooder

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    I smear axle grease on the raw area. That's what my grandpa had once told me. It works, though the blue kot may work as good or better.
     
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  7. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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  8. Chez Poulet

    Chez Poulet Out Of The Brooder

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    I have four chickens that are being picked on by more dominant birds. My EE had her back picked so badly that I had to keep her in the house until she healed. I made a cape for her to cover the area and she has been wearing it for a little over a month now. Her back is healed and feathers are starting to grow, but it's still bald enough to get the others picking again. I won't take the cape off until she is mostly feathered in. I bring her into the house once a week and take the cape off so that she can preen. She definitely did not pick herself, I saw her being mauled.

    Second, I have four Derbyshire Redcaps and three of them have bloody feather stumps from their tail feathers being pulled and feathers missing from their saddle area like my EE. I made them smaller capes and they are healing nicely too. The redcaps come in the house once a week to air out too. When I take off the capes for the chickens that have totally healed, they will all get some kind of deterrent like pine tar or Stop Pick in that area to enforce that they will taste bad if messed with. The capes are easy to make and you can customize them to the size of your bird. There are some that you can buy and patterns that you can find by searching this site or on the inernet under 'chicken saddle'.

    When the feathers are bloody, I try to extract the broken feather from the skin very swiftly with tweezers because sometimes the broken part of the feather just keeps bleeding. I will clean the area with a mild disinfectant and then dry the area thoroughly. Sometimes I will have to put styptic powder only on a spot that will not stop bleeding and remove any residual powder after the bleeding has stopped so that the bird will not ingest it.

    Not a single one of my birds have or had any kind of a parasite, so I know that is not the picking problem and since I spend a lot of time with them, I have witnessed the vicious picking. If you don't get the picked and bloody parts covered up, the other birds will continue to pick never giving the injured chicken a chance to heal. These capes or saddle covers are good for hens being torn apart by roosters too.

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  9. Reinbeau

    Reinbeau The Teapot Underground Premium Member

    It was suggested to me to use Vicks Vap-o-rub on the raw spots and it definitely worked. Which is why my roo, Stumpy, shies away from me now - he remembers me catching him and rubbing Vicks all over his butt when the mean girls in the coop were pecking his tailfeathers out! It definitely stopped the pecking.
     

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