Can genetics be involved in feather picking?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by LaurelRidgeDreams, Oct 22, 2010.

  1. LaurelRidgeDreams

    LaurelRidgeDreams Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2010
    Mountains of NC
    Is it possible for feather picking to be a genetic trait?
  2. bburn

    bburn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2010
    Delaware, Arkansas
    I don't know. But, everything I have read has been that it was because of overcrowding or lack of protein in their diet. Except maybe when they are picking on each other like in establishing pecking order.....

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by