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post #11 of 13

Get pinless peepers for the feather plucker.  It prevents birds from seeing straight ahead so their aim is off, and probably annoys them enough so they forget they want to peck.

 

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post #12 of 13

Cockerels.

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Breeder of Dutch bantams, Wyandotte bantams, and a few exhibition rabbits.

Feel free to ask me questions about chicken and rabbit care, breeds, and showing! I'm always happy to help!

 

"All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts."

--William Shakespeare

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post #13 of 13

My guess would be that this is not about regular feather picking but the young cockerel with raging hormones trying to mate an unwilling and immature pullet. This will be stressing the pullet as well as losing her feathers. Even if you get rid of one of the males, the chances are that this will continue with the one you retain as the pullets are not ready to mate and two to one cockerel is a bad ratio anyway, especially when they are young.

A solution might be to build a bachelor pad for the 2 males. They should live together reasonably peaceably if they don't have any girls to fight over. Or of course to get more hens..... with it's associated responsibilities and risks and logistics. 

 

I have no experience of pinless peepers and whether they would work on overly amorous young roos.

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