What should I do? put some pants on her?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by crazylilchick, Oct 27, 2007.

  1. crazylilchick

    crazylilchick Chirping

    Mar 31, 2007
    I have 11 hens 3 are polish. The 3 polish are picked on. The others peck the white crested bald and bloody. I have put her remaining head feathers up in a rubberband to cover the bald spot and it works but as soon as they grow out and I take the rubberband off they peck her bald again.
    The other buff polish they have pecked ALL her tail feathers out and some of her lower back feathers. Its not just one chicken that dose the pecking I've watched them, they all take turns. Sometimes the buff just stays in the coop to avoid ther rest of them.
    They have more than the recommended hen house space and yard space. I have trimmed the faces of the 3 polish so they can at least see the other girls coming. Even when I provide distractions they still peck the little buff polish.
    I don't want to give her away she may have the same problem again and I DO NOT want to seperate everyone. It is a nice house and yard. I don't want seperate food and water, two coops to clean. Is there something I can put on the buff polish to cover her butt and protect it? I can't rubberband her butt. HE HE. I saw someone that posted they had used vix vapo rub and the peckers hated it. What about the chicken who has to wear it. I know... how about some pants? What can I do for her poor naked bottom? Have any of you had this problem?
  2. StellaLenoir

    StellaLenoir In the Brooder

    Oct 25, 2007
    I dont have any help as far as ideas to keep the others from pecking. But I only have polish chickens and I am looking for polish hens. I have 1 hen and 3 roos that I got from the feed store. So they would be safe here if you wanted to send them to Fl!

    Good luck!
  3. warren

    warren Songster

    Sep 29, 2007
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2007
  4. AK-Bird-brain

    AK-Bird-brain I gots Duckies!

    May 7, 2007
    Sterling, Alaska
    Spray some blu cote (available on line or at the feed store) on the bare spots. the other birds will keep pecking at the red irritated areas.
    next up the protein level in their food, sometimes they eat the feathers for extra protein.
    you can also add some toys to keep them distracted. A cabbage hanging up in their run works great. keep it up just high enough so they have to jump to get at it.
    Also make sure they arn't over crowded, it helps if they have plenty of room to run away and hide when their getting picked on.
    good luck
  5. allen wranch

    allen wranch Crowing

    Jan 11, 2007
    San Marcos, TX
    Can you separate the Polish from the other birds ? Polish are usually shy and easily picked on by other birds. Other birds seem to be facinated by the crest. You might also try trimming the crest up on the sides so the birds can see better. That sometimes helps them escape from the pickees.

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