Feather picking again

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by underground chickenman, Sep 27, 2009.

  1. underground chickenman

    underground chickenman Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 30, 2009
    Orlando, Florida
    Do some chickens just have a nasty habit of picking their coop mates feathers? I have a couple that are literally going bald. I just switched them to 20% feed and free choice oyster shell. I also added a Flock Block, which they seem pretty interested in. I know it's only been one day, but significantly more feathers have disappeared overnight, and it's not due to molting. I will let the extra protein get into their system before I make any judgments, but if things don't change in a week or so, I am going to assume I have a bad habit on my hands. They have plenty of room, so that's not the problem.


BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by