Down Feather being Picked From Around Bums

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mark1guy, Dec 11, 2010.

  1. mark1guy

    mark1guy Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all,

    Can anyone explain to me why my birds are picking feathers from only certain birds. 4 of 12 birds have some feathers missing from around the bum area. They are getting a large aluminum pie pan of cooked fish once a week along with dried kelp. 18% layer is available anytime they want. I live in Newfoundland so winter is fast approaching. Going to -7°C tonight.

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  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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  3. mark1guy

    mark1guy Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks.

    That's a good read on winter conditions. While it typically does not get extremely cold in the winter the humidity is typically high. Unless we get extreme cold. I have my dry winter shavings in a super sac covered with plastic so I can added more dry shaving as the winter proceeds.

    The roof of the pen is covered with plastic in the winter so they have a dry place to run outside.

    I think I will invest into some scratch and throw outside to limit the feather plucking due to boredom.
     

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