Feather picking and egg eating

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bpaul16, Apr 20, 2017.

  1. bpaul16

    bpaul16 Just Hatched

    Jul 27, 2016
    I have 12 hens in a 12x12 pen. They eat 20% layer and 2 handfuls of hen scratch everyday. They are picking each other's feathers, acting aggressively toward each other and the egg eating just started two days ago. The only cause I can think of is boredom. I can't let them out to free range any because of our dogs.
    Would putting a flock block help to give them something to peck at other than eggs and themselves? Any other ideas appreciated.
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Shazam Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    You definitely need to enlarge their area or get rid of some birds, I would remove half if you can't enlarge their area or let them out. They can and will cannibalize each other. I think they are past a flock block helping, especially in the long term.
  3. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 3, 2016
    Pac NW
    What, if anything, do you have for them to do in there? Bored birds are birds that can cause trouble. A flock block isn't very entertaining and my birds only get it on very rainy or snowy days when they really don't want to go out. Are there places within the run for hiding to give the picked on birds some place to escape? Or things to climb up on, to expand the space vertically and to let them put some distance between one another?
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Give them some animal protein...mealworms, ground up meat scraps, scrambled eggs, etc.

    ...and this^^^^
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2017

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