Picking, pecking, patooey!


In the Brooder
11 Years
Mar 16, 2008
I posted yesterday about my 1 outta 26 female Ameracaunas (1 mo. old) getting pecked bloody -- and thanks so much for everone's responses. The general consensus was overcrowding. The newly-constructed coop was finished just before sundown and everyone moved into new digs for the night -- except for Miss Pecked On. Today, everyone was happily flapping around, scratching, chirping, so I put MPO back in with flock. W/i an hour, a new spot was bloody. This is ridiculous! Why does she LET them do this to her? Will she always be the red-headed stepchild? These chicks had been the ideal first flock...till now. I totally don't understand how they can be bathtub buddies for 5 weeks and now want to cannibalize one another.....Dogs are easier but I can't get eggs from my dogs!!! Is this breed specific behavior? gender? do I need a roo? protein deficiency? or just plain mean chicks that belong in the stew pot?


11 Years
Mar 21, 2008
Centre Rawdon, Nova Scotia, Canada
Do you know if one particular meany is the problem? Since you can't send her to a bully boot camp, you might have to put your poor victim in a smaller enclosure inside the larger coop for a while, then try again. I'm so sorry your little girl is getting pecked...oh and I don't know if you use red light versus white, but I have been told that some chicks react agressively to white...
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