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How to Stop Chickens From Pecking Each Other: 10 Tips That Help

by Backyard Homestead HQ

pets & livestock

In some scenarios, it's quite natural for chickens to peck  at each other.

Reason #1: Curiosity

Reason #2: Maintaining the pecking order

Reason #3: Cannibalistic pecking

Here are some reasons why Chickens Peck Each Other:

How to Stop Chickens From Pecking Each Other



Run a general examination of living pattern


You may want to take notes over several days. Watch what they eat, what they do, and where they go.

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Ensure each chicken has enough room


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.

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Isolate injured chicken and prevent injuries

Ensure that you regularly inspect your chickens and separate the injured members from the rest of the coop.


Limit overall light exposure (chickens  need nighttime, too!)


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.


Keep coops cool and properly ventilated


You need to make sure that they’ve got a coop that can insulate them from crazy weather patterns and yet is properly ventilated.

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Provide toys or entertainment if needed

Just like with people, keeping chickens entertained is a very effective way to keep them from mischief.


More tips on stopping Chickens From Pecking Each Other

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