What happened to my chickens butts??!!!!! (pics)

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ninny, Apr 12, 2009.

  1. ninny

    ninny Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2007
    IL side of the QCA
    I went out to give my chickens food and water and found this! What's going on?

    What should i do for them? I put them back in the brooder by themselves.

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    Last edited: Apr 12, 2009
  2. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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    Looks like they have been picked.
     
  3. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Quote:That is exactly what I'm thinking.

    How big of an area do you have your chickens/chicks in? Do they have ample room?

    Picking is usually a sign of overcrowding.
     
  4. ninny

    ninny Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2007
    IL side of the QCA
    Quote:What do you mean picked?
     
  5. Emzyyy

    Emzyyy Runs with Deer

    Jul 14, 2008
    Derby Kansas
    pecked at
     
  6. Chicky Tocks

    Chicky Tocks [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2666.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Ru

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    You have some meanies in your pen.
     
  7. ninny

    ninny Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2007
    IL side of the QCA
    Quote:That is exactly what I'm thinking.

    How big of an area do you have your chickens/chicks in? Do they have ample room?

    Picking is usually a sign of overcrowding.

    They have tons of room to run. If they needed more space they would be free ranging.

    What can i do for them? They are by themselves now with their heat lamp back and grit and some cat food. The cat food is so they get more protein to grow them feathers back. Should i put any meds on them?
     
  8. hoosiersphynx

    hoosiersphynx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just had the same problem with my hens. I got some pine tar from TSC and put some on the skin of the hen that was getting pecked and the other hen is not longer pecking at her. It smells really bad and has a very bad taste also. If she pecks her she will not do it again. I hope this works.
    Rebecca
     
  9. Percheronmom

    Percheronmom New Egg

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    Do you have a rooster? Looks like what happens when my rooster mounts the chickens. Then the other hens peck the area where the feathers break. I use BlueKote for the wound (it heals the area and helps deter the other chickens from pecking - it's blue so it disguises the wound too). BlueKote can be found at TSC or any other equine place usually.

    If its a rooster or just the hens pecking you can make a 'chicken saddle' very easily to do. There are no sew options out of fleece that work great.
     
  10. thechickenchick

    thechickenchick Born city, Living country

    Mar 8, 2008
    Eaton, Colorado
    That happened to mine when I put the teenagers in with the adult hens. I put them in too soon. I quickly grabbed all 5 and took them back to the brooder. I waited another 2 weeks and tried again. This time I had no problems. Once they are a certian size it seems the adults hardley even notice they are there. Could this be the case or have these chickens always been in that pen?
     

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