Chicken cannibalism occurs when chickens do not have enough feeding and watering room, have too little nesting space, or if a chicken is underweight or has open wounds. The best thing to do is take preventative measures, but if you are already dealing with chicken cannibalism, there are some methods you can employ to stop the killing. Be aware that chicken cannibalism has been linked to dietary deficiencies, such as low sodium, protein and phosphorus.
Things You'll Need
- Adequate food
- More space and nest boxes
Separate chickens that are fighting. Isolate the chicken that has been pecked at and allow it to heal apart from the other chickens. Clean wounds with antiseptic sprays. If there is one bird in particular doing the pecking, also isolate that chicken for a period of time until you have improved the living conditions.
Dim the chicken house lights significantly. Too bright a light can aggravate the birds.
Give the chickens more foraging options and give them more room to do so. This may mean making the chicken pen larger.
Add food that is high in protein, sodium and phosphorus. Give the chickens more feeding and watering boxes and spread them out so all birds can get food at any time.
Build more nest boxes so that chickens do not feel crowded. Chickens like to be on the top roost, so putting all nest boxes at the same height can stop fighting.
Introduce injured chickens that have healed and aggressive chickens back into the group once you have improved living conditions.
Tips & Warnings
- If these methods don't work, you may want to consider beak trimming as an alternative.
- Photo Credit chicken image by Pity from Fotolia.com
How to Stop Chickens From Pecking Eggs
Chickens may display the strange but not uncommon behavior of pecking and eating the eggs that they lay. While there are a...
How to Stop Dogs From Killing Chickens
The ancestors of domestic dogs hunted, and the instinct to chase prey still exists. Chickens constitute prey to a dog, who must...
How to Calculate Cannibalization Rate
If you run a business that you are expanding by introducing new products, you should be aware of the cannibalization rate. This...
Symptoms of Cannibalism Disease
Kuru disease, also known as cannibalism disease or laughing sickness, is an extremely rare and fatal brain disease first discovered by anthropologists...
How to Prevent Feather Picking in Chickens
Chickens require a certain amount of protein in order to remain healthy. If they don't get what they need they will pull...
How to Cook a Whole Chicken: Best and Simplest Way Ever
You're in a rush. You have just over an hour before company arrives, and you want to fill your home with pleasing...