Vent pecking

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by caweis, Mar 9, 2015.

  1. caweis

    caweis Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 16, 2015
    Norfolk, VA
    We have an 8 week old white leghorn that is still picking at my orphs feathers in her vent area. Despite increasing her protein and moving them outside (free range during the day with supervision) she is still doing it. We separated her (the aggressor) for several days to try to "reset" the pecking order. I am at a loss for what to do. The orph is fine. Just feather missing but I do not want the behavior to escalate. Any suggestions?
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    You could try separating her for at least a week, perhaps longer, where she cannot hear or see the flock, then try thm together again. Orps are typically the ones that get bullied, and Leghorns more likely to be the bullies. It may be they will never live together peacefully.

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