[Courtesy hans s]
Chickens can be mean. They often fight for domination and pull each other’s feathers out, and will even peck each other to death if given the chance.
This video helped me understand how the pecking order works with chickens:
I’m dealing with this right now with my flock. Olivia has a bald patch on her back from the other chicken, Penny, pulling out her feathers. To be fair, Olivia will attack or peck at anything, which seems like it would be annoying to live with. Maybe, if I were a chicken, I would want to put her in her place too.
There has been no blood so far, but to prevent that from happening, I’m thinking of getting some anti-peck lotion–something nontoxic that tastes bad and will deter, or at least reduce, the pecking.
I’m not sure what to get, so would appreciate any suggestions you have.