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    Keeping Chickens: How to Stop Chick Pecking

    ArticlePoultry AdviceMonday 07 February 2011
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    If you are considering chickens for sale or already own some, it’s important that you about their behaviour in order to care for them properly. When keeping chickens, you may notice that they peck at each other to show their dominance. Although normal, this can often result in wounds causing injuries. Find out how you can prevent chickens pecking in your chicken coops with this guide.

    First, make sure your chicken coops are not overcrowded as this will increase the chickens pecking chance. Always make sure all the birds have plenty of space in all areas. 

    Next up, 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.

    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.

    Parasites cause pecking too, so carry out regular checks for lice, mites or fleas in your birds.

    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.

    If none of these tips seem to work, you may want to consider trimming chicken beaks. 
     
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