Turken cannibalism

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by brbg7, Jun 24, 2016.

  1. brbg7

    brbg7 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 6 turkens that are 6 months old and they are eating each other. They pick each other's tail feathers then eat all the insides of the victim. I cant find any reasons they are doing this. They have full time access to food and water, live in a 12x12 coop with a 40x20 run. How can I stop this? And how can I prevent it in the future?
     
  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Dark Sider Premium Member

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    Have you seen them doing this? To me that sounds more like the work of a predator.
     
  3. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Sounds like the work of a predator to me, too. Can you post some pics of your setup? We may be able to spot some weak spots or potential entry points for chicken hungry critters.
     
  4. brbg7

    brbg7 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm pretty sure it's the chickens and not a predator because I have seen them pick each others tail feathers. Also my neighboring coops have had zero casualties. I have found two turkens with missing feathers and bloody tails so I put blue-kote on them and the others haven't picked on them since... They just found somebody else to pick on. [​IMG]
     
  5. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Feathering picking does not usually lead to killing and eating flock members. It's a predator.
     

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