What is this? Is this pecking or something else?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Wlorraine, Jan 18, 2013.

  1. Wlorraine

    Wlorraine Out Of The Brooder

    May 6, 2012

    The first hen is fine (the one on the left). The hen that is in front looks awful. Looks to me like somewhat is pecking at her. But I have no rooster. I have 3 ducks, 3 bantam hens, and 5 guineas. I afraid I will lose another bird. We lost a large rooster the same way last summer. And now here we go again. [​IMG]
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Hens will also peck and pull feathers. Too little space and too little protein in the diet are the most common causes. She could have a bad case of lice / mites, which will kill a bird if severe enough. There are other skin / feather conditions as well. I've never had guineas or ducks; I have no idea, really, but I wonder if one of them is doing some damage.


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