Please help!!!!! New to BYC and one of my hens are getting pick on!!!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by tewksburytony25, Sep 18, 2014.

  1. tewksburytony25

    tewksburytony25 New Egg

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    I have 7 hens about 25 to 30 weeks old the smallest em keeps getting pecked on she now has a bare bottom and almost her chest is bare how can I stop this please help!!! There is a lot of peckin. Going on in this coop and they eat there feathers
     
  2. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    You need to rub some coconut oil or vaseline on your birds bare butt. This will help if there is any redness or infection.

    For ways to stop this pecking you need to make sure that the birds have lots of room. They should have 8-12 square feet per bird in their run and 3-5 square feet per bird in their coop. Also, boredom busters will help keep the pecking at bay. Hanging treats, greens, roosts, ladders, dirt, leaves and stumps are all great to use.

    Pinless peepers can help too.

    Best of luck!
     
  3. tewksburytony25

    tewksburytony25 New Egg

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    Thank you for the advice mountain peeps they have plenty of room I think it just maybe boredom? I'm going to try and supply them with some things to keep them occupied durring the day
     
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Sorry about your birds. Along with Mountain Peeps advice, you might figure out who is starting this and separate them out for a while. Usually one starts it and then the entire flock gets involved. Keep this bullied hen separated out too until she regrows her feathers. You can also use blu-kote on the skin to hide the bare skin. Chickens love to peck at bare skin. This way she can stay in the flock as her feathers grow.

    Good luck with your flock and welcome to ours!
     
  5. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Yes it could very well be boredom. So try those things I suggested.
     
  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC![​IMG] We're glad to have you.

    You've received some good advice above. Good luck with your hens!
     
  7. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    X2 on TwoCrows and Mountain Peeps' advice. Good luck with your flock!
     
  8. LIChickens

    LIChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC!

    You will find a lot of good information here. Keep on asking questions and you will get many good answers.

    You may also want to read the FAQ below.

    You can put a pecking stop spray on the victim
     
  9. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    If they are eating the feathers they may have a need for more protein in their diet. Try upping the protein and do give the poor girl a chance to heal
     

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