10 rea­sons why chick­ens be­come mur­der­ers

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Chick­ens nat­u­rally choose to live in small so­cial groups, up to about 80 birds, but usu­ally smaller groups. How­ever, there are im­por­tant as­pects of run­ning a flock that will keep the peace. Re­search has found these are top rea­sons why birds may be­come killers of their own kind:

over­crowd­ing (lim­ited floor space)

ex­ces­sive heat

ex­ces­sive light

short­age or re­stric­tion of feed and wa­ter

un­bal­anced diet

dif­fer­ent ages, strains, or colours of birds mixed to­gether changes in en­vi­ron­ment or man­age­ment prac­tices short­age of nest­ing boxes or brightly lit nests fail­ure to quickly re­move ill, in­jured or dead birds ge­net­i­cally slow-feath­er­ing birds

Source: Can­ni­bal­ism: Pre­ven­tion and Treat­ment by Phillip J. Clauer, Poul­try Ex­ten­sion Spe­cial­ist, Virginia Co­op­er­a­tive Ex­ten­sion, Virginia Tech, Virginia State Univer­sity

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