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chickens pecking/pulling out each others feathers

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by PurplePoppiPpl, Aug 13, 2013.

  1. PurplePoppiPpl

    PurplePoppiPpl Chirping

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    Most of my chickens have a bunch of feathers missing or damage. A lot around the front of their necks, and backs. How do I stop it?
     

  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    How old are your chickens? Do you have a rooster? Could they be molting?
     
  3. buttercup95

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    Could they be too crowded
     
  4. PurplePoppiPpl

    PurplePoppiPpl Chirping

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    all of them are just over a year.we have a rooster, Larry, who has really bad legs and kinda hobble s around. But I actually think he gets picked on as well. As far as overcrowdednessi only have 9 chickens in an 8 by 8 coop with a 3000 square ft run. I was pretty sure that was big enough??
     
  5. PurplePoppiPpl

    PurplePoppiPpl Chirping

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    Oh and I guess it's possible there implying not sure what that looks like. It just looks like some of the feathers are getting clipped at the ends like there nipping at each others feathers.
     
  6. buttercup95

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    That should be plenty of room for them. hmmm I have no idea but I hope someone else can help. If you have time maybe you can watch them and try to see if there's a mean chicken in the bunch.
     
  7. Hows the chickens protein intake? Sometimes they will peck and eat feathers if they are lacking protein. Also consider mites as well if all of them have the problem. They may need a good place to dust, but considering the size of their run I would think that wouldn't be a problem.
     
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  8. PurplePoppiPpl

    PurplePoppiPpl Chirping

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    What would have more protein in it for them? Also I will dust them again cause I have had problems with mites before.... I will try harder to find out who the mean one is.
     
  9. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Do you have pictures?

    Any meat, cooked eggs, mealworms, and black oil sunflower seeds are high in protein.
     
  10. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Free Ranging

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    Feather eating I've been told need more protein and/or calcium, depending on age. I fed my 8wk olds scrambled eggs, they loved it and feather picking stopped about a few days.
     

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