Originally Posted by MinnesotaNice @holm25
, nice picture!@Bogtown Chick
, I don't have a rooster, so I guess it could be stress. She was missing a few more areas a wee bit lower when I was out there earlier. It might be a bit of a reach, but could the snow stress her out? She was the only one who wouldn't leave the coop/run when we did get that snowfall last week.
I'll add some supplements to the water and get more protein in their diets. I sat in the coop for awhile tonight and all was calm. I'll spend more time out there tomorrow. I have been tossing a variety of foods in their hanging baskets. I may get some toys or make something to keep them busy. I'll look into how to make the hen saddle. Awesome idea. I do have blu-kote and Rooster Booster pecking stuff. Should I use either of them?
Yeah, who knows what will stresses a chicken out? The Vaseline trick of BR sounds interesting. I ordered a bottle of rooster booster pick no more. Gonna try that if they go back to picking. The blukote might work to hide the bald spot cause she is a dark chicken. I've had mixed reviews with it though seems to work sometimes, other times not (for me). I've also heard that pine tar could help as it tastes bad. Messy tough.
Here is a link: http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/back-to-basic-living-feather-picking-plucking-and-cannibalism
I also had cluck-cluck in pinless peepers for a few months, I took them off of her about a month or 2 ago to see if she is "cured" (she is the instigator)... we'll see. (i've taken them off before and she immediately started picking again, ) I did put saddles on 2 of mine until they had grown all their feathers back, i'd take them off every few days so they could groom on the roost and then put them back on in the morning, so I think that may have helped maybe? who knows. terrible habit.
there is also something called bumpa bits you can put on for a week or so, i've not tried those, they can't close their beak all the way so can't grab feathers. so then they forget about the habit. you have to know the culprit, and not leave it on too long or they could get a deformed beak. good luck.
Edited by Cluckies - 12/9/15 at 4:59am