by Backyard Homestead HQ
pets & livestock
Reason #1: Curiosity
Reason #2: Maintaining the pecking order
Reason #3: Cannibalistic pecking
Here are some reasons why Chickens Peck Each Other:
You may want to take notes over several days. Watch what they eat, what they do, and where they go.
If you’ve got a pasture or space for your chickens to free-range, then you can err on the lower side of indoor coop space for your birds.
Chickens need no more than 16 hours of light and 8 hours of darkness each day. Excessive lighting can induce stress in the birds and may lead to violent behavior.
You need to make sure that they’ve got a coop that can insulate them from crazy weather patterns and yet is properly ventilated.
Just like with people, keeping chickens entertained is a very effective way to keep them from mischief.
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