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So I have a flock of about 8, all female, of those 8 I have 3 isbars and I think my issue lies within them. I have 2 blue and 1 back and the black is getting pecked. The location is peculiar though. It started on the side of the neck and has worked its way down to her breast. I know all the usual culprits. I give them good layer feed and have recently added a multiflock option with 28% protein. They aren't bored or overcrowded, their coop and run is plenty big and they free range every day. I see no mites, and I think that would be more of an issue around the vent anyways. I'm stumped. Also, the black who is getting pecked doesn't mind at all, I never hear her yelling, there is never any blood, or redness even really. She still hangs with her buds all the time, eats and drinks normal, lays regularly, shows no stress. I'm out of ideas. Anyone ever experienced anything even remotely similar??? I will try and post pics, bare with me.
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This is where is started as a small spot on the side of her neck
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This is a large area of her breast now
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Originally Posted by pj550v12 View Post

So I have a flock of about 8, all female, of those 8 I have 3 isbars and I think my issue lies within them. I have 2 blue and 1 back and the black is getting pecked. The location is peculiar though. It started on the side of the neck and has worked its way down to her breast. I know all the usual culprits. I give them good layer feed and have recently added a multiflock option with 28% protein. They aren't bored or overcrowded, their coop and run is plenty big and they free range every day. I see no mites, and I think that would be more of an issue around the vent anyways. I'm stumped. Also, the black who is getting pecked doesn't mind at all, I never hear her yelling, there is never any blood, or redness even really. She still hangs with her buds all the time, eats and drinks normal, lays regularly, shows no stress. I'm out of ideas. Anyone ever experienced anything even remotely similar??? I will try and post pics, bare with me

I am assuming she is low in pecking order, so she most likely won't protest too much and it's in their nature to hang with their buds, regardless of what they are doing to her.

You can separate the feather picker for about week to let the flock have some peace and hopefully reorder the pecking order, then reintroduce her. This may help, but once she has started the habit if may not deter her. Is the offender eating the feathers as well or just pulling them out?

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Yeah I know what you're saying.  I suppose within her small group of 3 she might be the lowest, but there there are a group of three cochins that are younger than them, and a pair of another black isbar and splash isbar cross that are even younger still and they don't get bothered.  I know what you mean about removing the pecker for a bit but its honestly hard to catch her in the act and even determine who it is exactly.  I don't believe she's eating them either.  Oh well.  Like I said, I'd be a little more concerned if she was being hurt, for now I'll just try and baby her.

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Because of the stark contrast between the black feathers and her skin showing you might want to consider putting some Blukote on the bald spots. That way it's blended in and has a chance to heal.
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Yeah I usually try to switch between peck no more cream and the blue kote. I had stopped for a bit after I added the high protein multi-flock in hopes it would deter the pecking, but went back to applying the cream yesterday
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