The Pecking War -- Help!?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by andythescot, Oct 15, 2010.

  1. andythescot

    andythescot Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 29, 2009
    Central Mass
    So my flock of six are confined on weekdays from dawn until 5:30 in their 16 x 4 run. It SHOULD be plenty of room, but most of the chickens have been ruthlessly attacking each others combs. I think they may be bored, even though they are always kicking the bedding out of the coop and into the run to dig around in, AND I have been sprinkling the food all around the joint.

    Do they get jealous? Because when I pet/hold one, when I put her down, the others peck her and then wait for me to pick HER up.

    Thanks :)
  2. True Grit

    True Grit Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have a similar situation, ie 5 hens, but no pecking going on. Mine aren't quite at POL. Could yours be missing something in the feed? I'm interested to hear what people think as we have a long winter coming up.

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