Bits to prevent feather picking. Pros/cons?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ChristianMcD, Feb 1, 2011.

  1. ChristianMcD

    ChristianMcD New Egg

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    Has anyone actually used these to prevent feather picking? Do they work? On the surface they _seem_ like a fairly humane way to deal with this problem, when all else has failed (extra protein, space, etc.).

    Thanks!
    -Christian
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    When you say "bits" do you mean the pinless peepers? They are fairly effective at limiting feather picking.
     
  3. ChristianMcD

    ChristianMcD New Egg

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    Quote:They're a curved piece of metal that is clamped around one part of the beak to keep the chicken from being able to close their mouth enough to grab feathers/skin.

    Aren't pin-less and pinned peepers a visual deterrent?
    -C
     

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