CHICKENS ARE FEATHERING PICKING DO THIS

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Glenda L Heywood, Apr 16, 2009.

  1. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Chillin' With My Peeps

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    first what do you fed them? Is the feed high enough protein? Not too many treats to lower the protein level.

    what kind of brooding( or living) arangements are there? Is the space bigg enough for them to live happily in?

    They can go out side ( in a run) if not a windyday (they may choose to go out any way,if so it will not hurt them, unless they are really young chicks under 4 months of age)

    Also is the chick house very well ventilated at top of window or door
    never straight on them
    except when they are out in the run

    Also here is two things to do
    hang a head of cabbage (leave all dark green leaves on head)wrapped in piece of chicken wire
    from the celing to 8-12 inches above foor
    so they can reach it not walk on it

    Also hang a piece of alfalfa hay wrapped in chicken wire from ceiling to same height
    they will then be satisfied with their house
    also are they getting high enough protein
    but mostly need to run out side if they are protected from dangerous killers of chickens
    predaters are not good for birds

    NATURAL PROBIOTIC WET MASH
    1 qt dry crumbles
    2 qts sweet or sour milk or buttermilk
    1/4 cup of yoguart
    feed once a day what they can eat in 30 minutes

    they will probavly eat 2-3 tsp for chicks (2-3 tbsp for adult chickens) of this recipe
    if you made too much store it in frig and feed next day
     
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  2. FrontPorchIndiana

    FrontPorchIndiana Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2008
    Indiana
    Um, is this a conversation you had with someone? I'm confused and I don't get it? [​IMG]
     
  3. mrsgibber

    mrsgibber Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I was wondering the same myself....LOL:lol:
     
  4. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No I am just asking questions that you should ask your self if you have this problm
     
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  5. Chickenmaven

    Chickenmaven Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2009
    Michigan
    I get it! Glenda is giving us some info on how to prevent/stop picking.

    Good advice.
     
  6. augustmomx2

    augustmomx2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What a great thread [​IMG] I just had this prob a few days ago & since I'm a Newbie & all...its wonderful to have a thread with several ideas listed to keep them busy.

    My girls started to pick cuz they were bored (I think).
     
  7. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the fact that you give them something nutritional at same time they spend their time pecking at cabbage and alfalfa and getting nutrition is the point of the idea
     
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  8. melissastraka

    melissastraka Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2009
    Hoquiam, WA
    Ok, I am confused. Why the bale of alfalfa and the cabbage?
     
  9. basicliving

    basicliving Keepin' the sunny side up

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    Glenda is just suggesting things to do to keep your chickens focused on picking on something other than each other.

    I would add, if their run is bare (no vegetation growing) fill the run with raked leaves, freshly mown grass, etc. and sprinkle their feed or high protein treats throughout it to give them something to scratch and peck for and to keep them busy. I believe boredom is the number one cause feather picking/cannibalism.
     

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