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4 week old pecking out own tail feathers

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This is a new experience for me. I have been raising chickens for a couple years now, but I have a new Buff Rock who is picking at her new tail feathers and has nearly plucked all of them out. I put the 4 week old pullets into a larger brooder, but I am not sure why she keeps doing this. Should I just put some wound salve on her tail and hope it will deter her from further destructive pruning? I will try to take a picture later. :)


Edited by chococharly - 4/30/16 at 8:43am
post #2 of 6

Is she one of the 4 week olds? If so, how many birds and what are the dimensions?

What are they being fed? As in protein % and any additional foods?


Edited by ChickenCanoe - 4/30/16 at 9:34am

NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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Yes, she is one of the 4 week olds. She is just getting her feathers in. I just moved the three of them from a small container (2x3 ft) to (2.5x4.5 ft) I am feeding them Purina Start and Grow Medicated, but will be putting them on Nutrena Chick granules now that the Start and Grow is used up. What should I give them to increase their protein? The other pullets feathers are coming in nicely.

post #4 of 6
Does she EAT them or just pull them, this makes a BIG difference. If she is eating them she could be searching for the extra protein. If she's just pulling them it could be due to cramped quarters, or boredom. So is she just pulling them out? Or actually eating them?
Edited by realsis - 4/30/16 at 6:40pm
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She was just pulling them out, but I moved them to a slightly larger space until I take them out to the coop, and she has stopped doing it. I guess I was a little behind in getting them more space. Thanks for your help.

post #6 of 6

They grow so fast that timing on getting them more space can creep up on you before you know.

NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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