You would think chickens could be nice and get along but no . . at least one of them is pecking the others. Yesterday I took the one doing the pecking out and let her run around outside the pen all day. Some punishment that was . . she loved it!
She had been pecking all the chickens but one was missing a bunch of feathers. I had been reading about how to stop them from pecking and there are several products that are supposed to work. We used them with the chickens in MO, without much success, so I was reluctant to buy more of it.
One thing for sure . . if they draw blood, they will all start pecking and they’ll eventually kill the bleeding chicken.
When I was checking for eggs, the chicken with the most feathers missing had a tiny little bloody spot so I knew I had to take action immediately.
The most interesting “fix” I read was to cover the spot with duck tape. Because their skin is so dusty, what I read said that the duck tape will not stick to the skin and will eventually come off by itself, hopefully after some new feathers have grown out.
I picked her up and we sat down, and I explained to her what I was going to do. I was careful not to tape her wings down.
Then I let her run around outside the pen too. Since there’s nothing green left in their pen, we’ve been letting them run around outside in the yard for a couple of hours in the evenings. That’s also supposed to cut back on the boredom and help stop them from pecking on each other. We’ll see.
Of course, Roscoe immediately saw this as a new hen he could go courting.
Here he is doing his little dance around here. He was in rooster heaven yesterday with three hens out running around with him.