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Cannabalism and feather picking

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ArendCoop, Feb 2, 2016.

  1. ArendCoop

    ArendCoop New Egg

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    I have 5 hens a barred rock, white leghorn, Rhode Island Red, Golden Campine, and a White Sultan. I noticed that below the vent of my white sultan all her feathers were gone and there was a wound about the size of a penny. So I isolated her she is always picked on a little because she is so different then the others but this seemed extreme so I separated her until she heals. And all my other chickens were fine. But today I went out and my golden Campine and my barred rock were both hurt with many feathers missing. My golden Campine is really bad above the tail is all ripped up and bloody. I observed them and realized my Rhode Island Red is picking feathers and my white leghorn is then pecking where the feathers are gone creating wounds. How can I stop this. It makes me so stressed when they are doing this.
     
  2. countrygirl345

    countrygirl345 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It sounds like the problem could be from inadequate space or boredom. If your chickens are crowded in a small space with nothing else to do they will peck. Try letting them into a run or out of the coop when you can. Also, as soon as one chicken starts pecking another, they all start. It gets even worse if they draw blood, because blood acts as an "attractant" of sorts. As soon as you see blood or pecking, put a decent amount of Blu-kote on the area. If you aren't familiar with this product, it is a blue substance that heals and reduces picking. You can find it at most rural supply stores, like Tractor Supply.
    Good Luck!
     

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