Birds' backs are bare...

VickieB57

Chirping
6 Years
Jun 14, 2013
109
5
78
My hens backs are all picked bare... The roo is looking pretty bad himself, but his back is not naked. Is there something I can do to stop them from pulling each others feathers out?
 

VickieB57

Chirping
6 Years
Jun 14, 2013
109
5
78
Their cages are 30x36, which comes to 7.5 feet. I have 8 in one and 7 in the other. I did keep some boxes in them with hay when it was cold, and kept the cages covered with heat lamps. But now that it's warmed up I took the boxes out. I can't see that they're feather picking seems to be affected by the boxes.
 

VickieB57

Chirping
6 Years
Jun 14, 2013
109
5
78
I'm feeding them Purina Layena, which has 20% protein. I haven't been giving them anything else because Robbie, from James Marie Farms told me not to. (That's where I bought my eggs) He warned me that the Layena would have everything I needed in it.
 

joemorcos

In the Brooder
5 Years
Apr 12, 2014
32
3
24
20% is relatively low. It's not optimal but it's ok. I've been using 22% for the last 5 years.
 

VickieB57

Chirping
6 Years
Jun 14, 2013
109
5
78
I just spoke with Robbie from JMF... (I should have done that to begin with...) He suggested I up the protein by mixing some startena wiwth layena. He is always so informative. I love getting to talk with him!
 

Bruiserdog99

Chirping
5 Years
Apr 23, 2014
141
6
71
Idaho
Use hot pick that always stop feather picking and cannibalism its alot like peper spray you put on the birds feathers and when they peck eachother it gives em a really bad taste and stops them from doing that its fairly cheap and you can get at [email protected] or zamzoes or any other place that deals with poultry.
 
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