Feather Eating Hen

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Hopefulloflove, Oct 5, 2011.

  1. Hopefulloflove

    Hopefulloflove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, I am getting irritated! I have 1 BA hen that just sneaks up on one of the other girls and grabs a beak full of feathers and yanks them out....she doesn't do it constantly, it's almost like she is sneaky about it...Grr...it's ticking me off [​IMG] ..is this normal?
     
  2. mrslb333

    mrslb333 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is this how you got your avatar? [​IMG]
    This was posted on a chicken thing the other day it might help
    Watch out for cannibalism of new feathers as they are rich in blood vessels and tasty to other birds. Scarper spray will stop pecking if its starts.
    Not sure if its the new ones she's pecking at or not but some sort of bitter spray on them might deter her. [​IMG]
     
  3. Hopefulloflove

    Hopefulloflove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you~ I will give that a try...They are almost 4 months old, so there are new feathers coming out still....
     

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