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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by lizchickens1, Oct 11, 2016.

  1. lizchickens1

    lizchickens1 New Egg

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    Hi! We just noticed 2 out of 4 of our hens are bleeding on top of there head..my mom noticed it in the feeder. Could this have anything to do with the cold? I live in South Dakota and it's getting to about 30 degrees and lower at night. And we had our first snow today. But we haven't gotten around to a heat lamp yet. Could they be bleeding due to the cold? They have a house but not completely sealed. Hens around 8 months now
     
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Chickens tolerate cold much better than heat. Could you put up a photo - it would help determine WHY they are bleeding. Is it possible they are scraping their head when using the feeder? Are your other chickens pecking the ones that have the blood? Are they of a breed with big combs?
     
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  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    At 8 mos. they shouldn't need a heat lamp
     
  4. BlueJuniper

    BlueJuniper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi and [​IMG] it's great to have you!!!

    I don't know about your's, but the more dominant of my chickens sometimes peck the lower ranking ones on the top of the head. I think it's a sign of dominance, and it tells the others who's boss.

    Hope this helps, and I hope you love BYC!

    -BlueJuniper
     
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  5. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

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    Hello there, and welcome to Backyard chickens! I would guess it is just the other chickens pecking at it as a display of dominance. I hope you enjoy it here as much as I have! :D
     
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  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
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  7. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice and links already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
    CT
     
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  8. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hello, and welcome to BYC!
     
  9. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.

    You've had some good advice above.
     
  10. lizchickens1

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