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    • CommentAuthornewchick
    • CommentTimeApr 28th, 2011 2:28pm (Apr 28th 2011)
     
    This is my first attempt at breeding chickens, two have hatched out.
    They are both the same age, but the one keeps pcking at the others head, eyes,body and feet, why is this? Is it because it a cock bird? Do I have to keep them apart as I am at the moment, I don't want the other blinded.
    Thanking you,
    Mike.:face-sad:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 28th, 2011 6:28pm (Apr 28th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    How old are they, and also what breed?

    If they're young (under a few weeks old) it's most likely boredom, as long as the heating device you use is at the correct temperature for their age. Does the one that gets pecked have a different coloured beak or anything? One of our chicks, Midget, used to get pecked by the others as he had a brown beak and the others had paler beaks!

    How big a place are you keeping them in, do they have enough room to move about? What substrate are you using, and what are you feeding them?

    Try adding more things to their brooder, to keep them interested. We discovered that our chicks loved mirrors, little hand-held make-up mirrors work for when they are small, so try adding a few of them. Branches and cardboard boxes make fun perches and hidey holes.

    The bottom of an egg box (with the holes the eggs sit in) also make great toys for young chicks; put a few marbles in the holes (make sure they're big enough so the chicks can't swallow them) and scatter chick crumbs amongst them. The chicks will have a whale of a time trying to get the food out.
    Hope this helps, and welcome to the forum :)