Polish bantam getting pecked at loosing feathers

Fidderfarm20

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My polish bantam was pecked at and lost her feathers on the back side of her head a few weeks back. The feathers started growing back in but lost them again today. Why are my other hens pecking at her?! Is it normal for regular size hens to pick on bantams? First time chicken mom...
 

chickenlover007

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My polish bantam was pecked at and lost her feathers on the back side of her head a few weeks back. The feathers started growing back in but lost them again today. Why are my other hens pecking at her?! Is it normal for regular size hens to pick on bantams? First time chicken mom...
It sadly, is common for bigger hens to peck at the bottom of the pecking order. I would separate her from the flock until the feathers grow back and if she starts getting pecked again, cover all red wounds with blue kote and if the problem still persists, get peepers. I've also read that pine tar can work, but I've never seen it in action. Do your chickens get free range time? If not, do hey have a run with toys? Chickens can and will peck out of boredom.
 
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Bantams can usually hold their own but odd birds like Polish and Silkies are very susceptible to bullying. It’s generally advised not to keep singular odder looking chickens with more ‘normal’ chickens.

Please give some more info of your flock though. How many birds? How big is the coop/run? Breeds? Pics are always welcome.
 

Fidderfarm20

In the Brooder
Aug 16, 2020
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It sadly, is common for bigger hens to peck at the bottom of the pecking order. I would separate her from the flock until the feathers grow back and if she starts getting pecked again, cover all red wounds with blue kote and if the problem still persists, get peepers. I've also read that pine tar can work, but I've never seen it in action. Do your chickens get free range time? If not, do hey have a run with toys? Chickens can and will peck out of boredom.
They do normally get free range time. Unfortunately, they were strictly in the coop for a week while we were away when the initial pecking happened. We had a friend come to feed, water and check on them of course. We live in northern illinois and weather this time of year is windy and wet and it gets dark earlier. They haven’t had as much free range time as much as they get over summer because of this. I guess I wasn’t aware of chicken toys haha. They have things to climb and perch on if that’s what you are referring to?
 

chickenlover007

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They do normally get free range time. Unfortunately, they were strictly in the coop for a week while we were away when the initial pecking happened. We had a friend come to feed, water and check on them of course. We live in northern illinois and weather this time of year is windy and wet and it gets dark earlier. They haven’t had as much free range time as much as they get over summer because of this. I guess I wasn’t aware of chicken toys haha. They have things to climb and perch on if that’s what you are referring to?
Um kind of. There are lots of things that count for chicken toys like branches suspended in their coop, an old chair (i know, weird but chickens seem to like them), a mirror, or even a swinging chicken pinata.
 

Fidderfarm20

In the Brooder
Aug 16, 2020
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Bantams can usually hold their own but odd birds like Polish and Silkies are very susceptible to bullying. It’s generally advised not to keep singular odder looking chickens with more ‘normal’ chickens.

Please give some more info of your flock though. How many birds? How big is the coop/run? Breeds? Pics are always welcome.
The flock consists of 14 birds. (Was supposed to be 12 and the hubby brought home 14 lol) We have 2 bantams (the extras) one Belgium and one Polish. I’ve noticed the polish has a vision disadvantage due to her head feathers and have worried about how this will affect her within the flock. There are 4 Rhode Island reds, 4 browns, and 4 black Orpingtons. The outside coop is roughly 7’x14’ and the indoor coop is about 6’x10’. I’ve attached pictures if
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The flock consists of 14 birds. (Was supposed to be 12 and the hubby brought home 14 lol) We have 2 bantams (the extras) one Belgium and one Polish. I’ve noticed the polish has a vision disadvantage due to her head feathers and have worried about how this will affect her within the flock. There are 4 Rhode Island reds, 4 browns, and 4 black Orpingtons. The outside coop is roughly 7’x14’ and the indoor coop is about 6’x10’. I’ve attached pictures if View attachment 2417229 View attachment 2417230 View attachment 2417231 View attachment 2417233 that helps.


You can trim the feathers around her eyes but I’d try tying her crest up with a hair band. With all the feathers pulled in she’ll be able to see clearer and could help in making her head less of a target.

Unfortunately your RIR and hybrids are prone to bullying all chickens and they are known to become quite ruthless with it. I’d try the hair tie trick and feedback. This could all just be a ‘hiccup’ in flock dynamics but could also be something requiring further intervention.
 

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