Feather picking on butt

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mbienvenue, Mar 27, 2018.

  1. mbienvenue

    mbienvenue In the Brooder

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    I have a silver laced Wyandotte who goes around picking others on their butt, no others doing it , I put her in chicken jail, for a week, let her out and she’s right back at picking, what to do?
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Waiting on a Fresh Garden Salad

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    Either it's a protein deficiency, or she's bored. If it's become a habit it will take longer than a week to break it, more like months being separated.

    What are you feeding? Protein amount of your feed? Extras?

    How big is you set up? Size? Number of birds?
     
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  3. mbienvenue

    mbienvenue In the Brooder

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    Layer crumbles 12 chickens, 10x20 coop, 12x24 run
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Waiting on a Fresh Garden Salad

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    I personally have had troubles on a layer. I like to feed a higher protein feed, 18-22% with a separate bowl of oyster shells for the calcium needs. I personally feed an All Flock ration, or a non medicated starter grower. Could be she's craving protein. You can also give some higher protein treats from animal sources like cottage cheese, scrambled eggs or canned fish.

    Hopefully between getting more protein, and perhaps separating her for a few weeks will put an end to it.
     
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  5. mbienvenue

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    They get eggs a couple of times a week, she the only one that picks feathers, she’s the only one that has a full butt of feathers, she’s just a bad seed.
     
  6. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Waiting on a Fresh Garden Salad

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    Than remove her permanently before it becomes cannibalism.
     
  7. mbienvenue

    mbienvenue In the Brooder

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    Thanks I will
     
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  8. mbienvenue

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    Put her cage 2 weeks let her out starting doing it again, picked her up right away and put her back in cage kept her in for another week let her out today watched them for a couple hours no problem, she won’t even look at another chickens butt!
     
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