Feather picking

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Katrinasofia, Oct 16, 2019.

  1. Katrinasofia

    Katrinasofia In the Brooder

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    Hi. I'm very new and still learning but today I'm very alarmed. I have 6 four month old chickens who up until today have been doing quite well.
    I have one chick that is very much larger that the others (she actually looks unusual) but today I noticed that she was bloody under her wing. She doesn't have alot of feathers underneath her wings but today I see blood.
    How do I know if she's picking or if she's being picked on. Now what? should I separate her?
     
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  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Crossing the Road

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    Try not separating yet. If she is being picked on, it would be anywhere but under the wing. Add to that, if she were being picked on it would be worse upon returning her.
    Just in case, what makes up their food intake?
     
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  3. Katrinasofia

    Katrinasofia In the Brooder

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    Hi thanks for the response. They are eating starter/grower non gmo food from the local tractor supply. I also hang veggies in the coop for them to enjoy
     
  4. ValerieJ

    ValerieJ Crossing the Road

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    Clean the wound and put Vetricyn on it, or even Blu-Kote. If it's bad, use an antibiotic ointment on it like Neosporin, without pain killer. Be sure to watch it for fly strike, and healing progress.
     
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  5. Katrinasofia

    Katrinasofia In the Brooder

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    How will I know when to separate her for protection
     
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  6. ValerieJ

    ValerieJ Crossing the Road

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    Have you actually seen another pullet picking on her? Blu-Kote will get rid of any red, and chickens will typically peck at anything red. Don't separate her if you are not positive she's being pecked by another chicken and not herself. Have you checked her over for mites?
     
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  7. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Crossing the Road

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    Picture of her "injurty" would help ... Have you also checked for mites/lice? Is it possible she hurt herself somehow?

    When feeding "treats" whether it's veggies/fruit, it imbalances the nutritional value of the feed. I found this out when my pullets weren't gaining and felt thin. Fecal float negative, BYC members clued me in on the "treat" factor (no more than 10% of their intake).

    If you choose keep her from being pecked on, suggest a wire cage with food & water, put the cage in the coop ... That way she remains part of the flock and no integration issues.
     
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  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Ditto Dat^^^

    Also @Katrinasofia how big is their coop and run, in feet by feet?
    Dimensions and pics would help immensely here.
    Do you have any male chickens?
     
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  9. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Crossing the Road

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