chickens plucking tail feathers!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Silkie-Feet, Jun 15, 2011.

  1. Silkie-Feet

    Silkie-Feet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    okay, so i bought 25 half grown chickens from an old man who was selling them at my nana's store. They all had lost nearly all thier tail feathers, or had lost all of them. why are they plucking at each others tail feathers? what can i do to solve this?
     
  2. SunnyCalifornia

    SunnyCalifornia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I haven't had this problem before, but I've read that many people apply BluKote to cover the redness. Redness only attracts them to peck even more. Also give them ample space, perhaps their conditions were crowded and stressful? Black Oil Sunflower seeds are a good source of nutrients, and are good for feather re-growing.

    Hope that helps!
     
  3. Silkie-Feet

    Silkie-Feet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they will be free ranging..... so that's ample space. hoping for the best. he sold them for 3$ a piece.
     
  4. SunnyCalifornia

    SunnyCalifornia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Then I'd just treat the reddest bums, and keep an eye open for any particular hen that is an instigator.
     

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