|Tom A ||
Posted 05-28-2003 at 05:56:15
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Cannabilism is usually but not always a result of overcrowding.
But, if a bird has an open wound for whatever reason, the other birds will pick at the wound and make it worse (eventually killing the bird) if the injured bird cannot get away. Since we free-range our birds during daylight hours, we don't usually have the problem although it croppped up once during bad weather when they were cooped for a few days.
I'd suggest that if/when you have a bird with an open wound, you cage it separately while the wound heals. We have a small wire dog-crate that I've used for this purpose...just place it in the coop so the bird stays with the flock, and provide food and water in the cage. Once the wound heals up, the bird is safe to release back with the others.