Feather picking and lack of salt

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bldmtnrider, Aug 23, 2011.

  1. bldmtnrider

    bldmtnrider Out Of The Brooder

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    This is related to an earlier post, but has anyone ever heard of a salt difficency causing birds to pick at other birds? I have heard that a lack of protien can possibly cause that, but never salt.
     
  2. cat1994

    cat1994 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was under the impression that boredom caused feather picking
     
  3. turbodog

    turbodog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think it's boredom and pecking order disputes mostly, though I've heard the protein business too.
    Never heard of a salt deficiency causing it.
     
  4. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    There can be several causes so you may have to investigate a bit.

    Over crowding can definitely do it as can too little protein. The salt thing is somewhat murky but there is research that indicates it can help in some cases.

    Do a Google search on salt, poultry, and pecking and you'll find some info.
     

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