Wednesday, April 25, 2012
by Callie on Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Don't read this post unless you want to learn about
a very distressing feature of chicken behavior.
I knew the chickens were bulling the Cochin
but I was shocked this morning to see
what had been done.
We have had chickens for over five years
and there have been instances of them pecking at each other,
but nothing like this.
In times past, they would arrive at a new pecking order and settled down.
But, from now on if a chicken is getting pecked on
the chicken will be removed
from the flock.
I debated about whether or not to write this post.
I finally decided to post about this incident because
you might want to know
it can be important to remove a picked on hen from the flock.
The question is when?
I thought that the pecking was normal behavior.
Something? pushed the hens into a new behavior for this flock.
I had to put down a chicken today.
The hens pecked out Curly's eyes.
She was fine yesterday.
So, was Curly sick...
did she pose a danger to the health of the flock?
She didn't act sick.
This is an aspect of raising chickens
that is very unpleasant.
Chickens can be scary!
6 eggs today.