In the Brooder
- Sep 8, 2014
It started when she was 3 weeks - they pecked at her tail feathers until she developed a sore there. We pulled her and let it heal. We found the issue was overcrowding in the brooder and fixed that. Now the birds are all around 10weeks and out in the 15x15ft run (12 pullets in all) and 8x4ft coop at night. The same bird is still getting pecked at, and she has developed another (smaller - we caught it early) sore on her rear. We built a smaller wire area within the run so she can still be out there, but protected from the others, but I don't want to continue that long term. Whenever she's in with the others, they chase her off and seem to generally exclude her. Is there any hope of getting them to accept her, or will she always be picked on by the others? She's the only friendly one and the kids adore her. But I can't keep a "pet chicken" that comes in every night to sleep in our kitchen so she is safe!