chicken beaks

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by 3Xgranny, Mar 21, 2015.

  1. 3Xgranny

    3Xgranny Out Of The Brooder

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    my black chickens are pecking to tail and back feathers out and eating them they are also eating the feathers off the roosters chect.Have you ever heard of this? w'hat did you do? why clip the ends of the beaks.? It is just the smaller black chickens doing this. Please reply.
    mommas lost
     
  2. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    They need more protein. What are you feeding them?
     
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2015
  3. 3Xgranny

    3Xgranny Out Of The Brooder

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    chicken mesh, corn, and left overs, grass,they want eat the pellets.
     
  4. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    What is chicken mesh? Maybe chicken mash? What percent protein is the mash? If treats are more than 10% of their diet, then their diet is inadequate.

    If I were you, I would stop feeding the chickens anything but a good quality feed with a high level of protein. You could also feed boiled or scrambled eggs to them, that would increase the protein level.

    Feather picking can cause them to become crop bound. And sometimes escalates to cannibalism.
     
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2015
  5. 3Xgranny

    3Xgranny Out Of The Brooder

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    thank you, I really appreciate your advice and will follow threw.
     

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