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    How to Prevent Chickens from Pecking Chicks

    ArticlePoultry AdviceMonday 07 February 2011
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    Whether you are thinking about buying chickens for sale or you already have some, you must have knowledge of their behaviour to care for them well. Many people keeping chickens will notice that they may peck each other from time to time. While this is to be expected, it can get out of hand to the point where injuries are caused. Find out how to stop chickens pecking in your chicken coops with the following guide.

    Start by ensuring your chicken coops are not overcrowded as this will increase chickens pecking. Your birds should all have plenty of space around them each.

    Rather than wire floors, keeping chickens on litter is better for them. Wood shavings or straw should be used instead of sand, as this can provoke chickens pecking.

    Take out any birds from chicken coops that are weak, ill or discoloured. Keeping chickens like this increase their chances of being pecked by others.

    When keeping chickens make sure they get enough food and water as a shortage can spark pecking.

    Do not aggravate chicken behaviour with bright lights. Instead, maintain low light in chicken coops.
     
    Parasites cause pecking too, so carry out regular checks for lice, mites or fleas in your birds.

    If these tips do not seem to work, you may want to consider trimming chicken beaks. 
     
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