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Seriously!! In need of a chicken whisperer

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by trider, Sep 9, 2013.

  1. trider

    trider New Egg

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    I am new to chickens and we are experiencing a behavioral issue.

    One of my Wyandotte's is crazy.
    She loves the hen house, if I flush her outside, she runs back in the house, saying "ouh ouh". She heads to her favorite corner and buries her head, facing the corner.

    What is with her? She is not the only Wyandotte, but the only one of 12 (Wyandottes, Black Sex and Rhode Island Reds, one rooster) that behaves like this.

    My next question is, why do they peck on each other? They starting to have spots where they are raw. Do I need to treat this area?

    They were all born in April and started laying the first week in August. I am getting 5-10 eggs a day. Someone is really good at laying double yokes. Any guessers who?
     
  2. TOP KNOT

    TOP KNOT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How much space do they have? Is the crazy wyandotte the one being pecked? Get some blue kote and spray the raw spots, it makes the spots darker so they don't peck the area more and it also is a disinfectant. Low protein and crowding can cause pecking. She is probably bullied and hides in the corner. Sit and watch them and see if they are attacking her. You may want to have two feeding and watering stations in case they keep her or others from it. I added perches to my outdoor run so they can get up and away until I get out there in the morning to let them out.
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    It is NOT normal for birds to peck each other raw. I'm guessing you have too many birds for your space. How many birds and how much area do they have? I'd guess that's the problem with the Wyandotte also, most behavioral issues are strongly related to overcrowding.
     
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  4. trider

    trider New Egg

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    I do not think it is overcrowding. We have 12 chickens. Well, how big is the pen? Time to measure. We put 12 in the freezer because we had too many chickens.

    I have a neighbor who has twice my room to roam, as many chickens, hers are "pecked" too.

    She laughs at my Wyanotte. I feel sorry for her, always in the corner.
     

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