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What are the causes of feather pecking and what can I do to stop feather pecking and cannibalism in my flock?

Severe feather pecking can lead to skin and tissue damage, and cannibalism. No one knows exactly what causes feather pecking and cannibalism, but most likely causes are: Stress Boredom Overcrowding Overheating Excessive light Nutrient deficiencies Insufficient feed or water Inadequate nest boxes Adding birds to your existing flock Failure to remove injured or dead birds in the flock in a timely manner Sometimes you have a chicken who is a bully to everyone Abrupt changes in care management practices or the environment Genetically fast-feathering and slow-feathering chickens […]

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What is pecking order?

All social animals are ‘status seekers’, and chickens are no exception. Many times you’ll see hens pecking or bullying other chickens in their flock. This is a natural occurrence and is a way that chickens establish their pecking order. Pecking order, and as the term implies, is established by using their beaks. Pecking order rank determines the order in which chickens are ‘allowed’ to eat, drink, roost, choose nest boxes to lay eggs, dust bathe, crow and even mate. Each flock of chickens has their own established […]

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