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How can I stop chickens from pulling feathers?????????????????????????

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What can I use to stop a Rhode Island Red from pecking???

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Is she pecking other chickens? The only way to stop (in my opinion) would to separate her from the flock. Do you have a coop/run for that?

  AnnElise Clark

 

~Chickens are like potato chips, you can't just have one!~ 

 

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  AnnElise Clark

 

~Chickens are like potato chips, you can't just have one!~ 

 

Silver Laced Wyandotte's, Silkies, Ameraucana's, Easter Egger's, Belgian d'anvers, Leghorns, California Whites, Rhode Island Reds, Barred Rocks, Black Australorps, Buff Orpingtons, one Black Jersey Giant rooster, Guinea's, Ducks, and one Sweetgrass turkey tom. 

 

 

 

 

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Need more information. There could be any number of reasons why one chicken pecks at another chicken. Is it a rooster after the girls? If  it is a girl, is she pecking herself or others? Is she the top girl? Is she pulling out feathers and drawing blood, or just disciplining someone? Is she eating the feathers? They could be overcrowded, bored, need more protein, need to be separated from the flock for a while. You may just be dealing with a bully. Is it one bird doing the pecking or several? Is it just one bird that is being pecked, in a group? Is there a big size/age difference in the bird that pecks and the victims? If all the above has been addressed, and there seems to be no reason for a bird to be pecking others and harming them, and you cana't or don't want to separate out the bully( or bullies)you could try pinless peepers. I have heard that they work to keep the chicken from being able to see directly in front of them somewhat, and it stops them picking at each other. But don't just use them if there is another reason that needs to be fixed, like not enough protein, or serious overcrowding. Good luck figuring out what the problem is, and finding a solution. hmm

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You can try to isolate the main culprit and put her in chicken jail for 2 weeks so she'll lose her standing in the flock (sometimes that cows them into stoppin bullying).

If that doesn't work, lots of people have really good luck with Pinless Peepers.

"It's easy. You draw a red line on the ground, right? Then you wait for a chicken to come along. When he arrives, he puts his beak right on the line and he's hypnotized!"
Joey Santiago
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"It's easy. You draw a red line on the ground, right? Then you wait for a chicken to come along. When he arrives, he puts his beak right on the line and he's hypnotized!"
Joey Santiago
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