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Chickens plucking each other?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Southern28Chick, Mar 13, 2008.

  1. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    All my EE's have been plucked! All of them on their backs and one on her head. It's not the roo doing it. I witnessed a RIR pulling feathers of an EE this afternoon.

    Is it a pecking order thing?

    It's NOT a nutrition thing, they are 100% healthy.
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Try giving them a protein supplement feed and black oil sunflower seeds. Increased protein and increased methionine should help IF they are eating feathers for those two reasons. Even on complete layer feed, for some reason it always seems that those two things become lacking in the healthiest of flocks. If they are pecking and dropping them on the ground... it may be something else. You have a big run so I don't really see how they would be bored in it.

    However, I forget if you have a roo? The EE's could be at the bottom of the order and get extra lovin from the roo. Larger roos tend to do more damage even if it is not intentional. Then the exposed areas attract the girls. Antipick or bluekote may help out the bald spots.
     
  3. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    She was picking out the feathers and dropping them, not eating them. [​IMG]
     
  4. yankeemtfarm

    yankeemtfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lack of protein can cause picking of feathers.

    Most likely it is unfriendly hens.

    But if it only you EE,s? are they a minority? Are they younger?

    I have had hens that are very mean an pluck feathers but they do not discriminate by race or breed . (not just EEs,ect).

    Try to narrow it down. [​IMG]

    BA
     
  5. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    Quote:I can't figure it out. Narrowing it down is hard when it's not the roo doing it, the RIR I saw do it spit the feathers back out and it's only my 5 EE's that are being picked on and they're all the same age.
     
  6. yankeemtfarm

    yankeemtfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's the RIR [​IMG]
    It always is.

    Got a web cam?

    Its hard to pick out the culprit if you cant catch her in the act.

    BA
     
  7. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    nevermind
    (nevermind this post...NOT this thread)
     
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  8. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    I say put that RIR in her own area so she can't pick on the other hens. If you see their feathers growing back, she's the culprit. If not, you know you have others since you did see that one hen plucking.
    Then from there, I suppose you could either build the naughty hens their own coop and run or re-introduce them after some time so they come back in at the bottom of the pecking order.
     
  9. BantyChickMom

    BantyChickMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2007
    Henderson, NC
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  10. yankeemtfarm

    yankeemtfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Why post a question if you do not care to hear some suggestions ?

    BA
     

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