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Hi Everyone,

 

Saw a bunch of threads on this topic but thought I'd add another on my flock.

 

I have 6 hens (2 Barred Rocks, 3 RH Reds and 1 Australope) - I have a feather pecking problem I've been working on for several months.  I've tried pine tar, Blue Kote, and it has not helped.  All my efforts have only kept them from drawing blood, which they did one time.  I managed to heal that bird.  I've tried hanging liver, mealy worms, bird seed, cabbage, making more roosts, and letting them free range more often.  Nothing seems to be working.  Someone told me to get rid of the mean bird (one of the Barred Rocks isn't missing feathers) and I may very well resort to that.  But I am currently trying to isolate it for a week and see if that helps.  I'll report back how 1 week of isolation works out.

 

M

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That may help.

What makes up the main diet?

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“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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Layer pellets
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You may want to up the protein either switching to grower or supplementing with some fish or meat occasionally.

Feather picking and resulting cannibalism is often a desire for animal protein. Feathers are 93% protein. Layer is usually 16% protein and is at the lower threshold of needed amount for production and body maintenance.

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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post #5 of 8

Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already from Chickencanoe, so I'll just say hello! - maybe check out your coop space also, as cramped conditions can exacerbate the issue you have described.

 

All the best

CT

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Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

Look at my flock page! http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bantamfan4lifes-flock

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post #7 of 8
My mush recipe my chickies love.
Starter food 24% protein.
Dry Oats, Meal worms, Grit, and scratch with a lil hot water, you would think they are eating steak.
They do get spoiled and I have to do it once a dayor they get ******.
post #8 of 8
You can also get "pinless peepers," for your meany. Put "pinless peepers," in the search box to learn about them. They prevent birds from seeing straight ahead, so it throws off their aim. She will probably focus her temper on the peepers and forget about pecking anyone.

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