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Date Posted: 22:11:37 05/10/08 Sat
Author: Rhonda
Author Host/IP: 71.52.186.39
Subject: Re: male suddenly turns on mate
In reply to: Suzette 's message, "male suddenly turns on mate" on 19:00:04 05/10/08 Sat

Hi Suzette,

Yes, you need to separate your hen from the male, keeping her by herself until her wound heals. The birds instinctively peck at anything red (think blood), so she won't have much chance to heal unless she is alone. You can put some neosporin on her sore to aid the healing. You may want to treat her to some boiled egg, vitamin water, etc. to pamper her a bit.

Why did the male peck her? Who knows why all of a sudden act agressively toward their mate??? We've had one bird do these several times. He will live peaceable for quite some time, then turn into a pecking fool! We've separated him (time out!) each time, but he always reverts back. The last time, he pecked a huge place on his mate's back. He has been in isolation ever since, and that's probably where he'll stay. I feel sorry for him, but he's a hazard to the others.

When she is healed, you can try to put them back together again. Just watch them for a while, and make sure she has a place where she can get away and hide, if she needs to.

Good luck!

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