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How to avoid chicken pecking
If you have more than
one chicken (and you should since chickens are social animals), you
will eventually have to deal with chicken pecking. The end result
is bloody, clearly bad for your chickens' health, and also breaks your
heart as a chicken keeper. Many chicken keepers assume that
pecking is a fact of life, but we've found that pecking can be
completely avoided with a few simple steps.
These are the reasons mainstream authorities
give for pecking, but I'd like to add another --- boredom. Imagine you're a
chicken hanging out in a coop with fifty other birds, you barely room
to turn around, and you have nothing to do once you spend fifteen
minutes eating up your food in the morning. Chickens are meant to
spend their days foraging for food and scratching in the dirt. Of
course you'll end up picking on your neighbors, just to give you a way
to pass your time!
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