We've all heard mention of "The Pecking Order" but did you know it refers to the natural order found in the chicken coop?
There will be one hen that is in charge of the flock. She'll normally be the one that leads them all out first thing in the morning and decides when they should go to roost. Often she'll have the top roost and only invited guest will be allowed to eat with her from the feeder. All the other hens will find themselves ranked to establish a pecking order from the top hen down to the weakest, often newest member of the flock. Anyone that steps out of line or gets ideas above themselves will get pecked by their superiors. At first glance this can seem quite vicious but normally it leaves no lasting injuries and no intervention is needed.
One cause of persistent pecking can be boredom and lack of space. We have several different pecking blocks to give them something to peck at but you can also try hanging a cabbage in the run. We also have anti pecking sprays from Nettex and the evil smelling Scarper anti peck spray.
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