Butt feathers

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Dawndogs, Jan 1, 2017.

  1. Dawndogs

    Dawndogs New Egg

    Feb 6, 2016
    I have a flock of 5, and 3 days ago I added two more hens. The two hens handpicked all the butt feathers off my 3 black australorps. I don't really have a way to separate them from the coop.Will the new hens eventually kill the three by packing their intestines out? I read that could happen. Thanks for reading
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    They very well may.
  3. azygous

    azygous True BYC Addict

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    Surely you can find a scrap of chicken wire or field fencing to erect a partition to prevent the two new hens from mauling the three timid ones. It requires but a small effort.

    Another thing you could do is buy some pinless peepers and put them on the new hens. These devices prevent chickens from seeing their target well enough to do the same kind of damage these hens have managed to pull off.

    You definitely are risking a tragic outcome by doing nothing. All it will take is pecking the skin to open some bleeding wounds, and those hens won't stop until they've eaten their way into the backsides of those three hapless victims.
  4. IdyllwildAcres

    IdyllwildAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Last edited: Jan 1, 2017

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