feather picking

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by bebbin150, Oct 24, 2009.

  1. bebbin150

    bebbin150 Hatching

    Oct 24, 2009
    how do i stop my hens from picking feathers off the other hens an them selfs they all seem to do this any ideas are they missing something in their diet they get scratch along with laying crumbles

  2. 3goodeggs

    3goodeggs pays attention sporadically

    May 22, 2009
    North Central Florida
    Go over to index and ask your question there. You will see different catagories and this has been or can be addressed by someone over there. You can also do a search in the search box and it will take you to a thread from past posts. Good luck with this! maybe they need some mental stimulation, something new in the run to investigate.
    welcome to this site. it is very helpful!
  3. easttxchick

    easttxchick Lone Star Call Ducks

    Aug 3, 2009
    How old are your birds? And do they have plenty of room in their coop and run?
  4. CHIC

    CHIC Songster

    Aug 18, 2009
    You probably have too many chickens for your space. Also, make sure the layer crumbles are their main feed and scratch is only given as a treat. Its also molting season so that may contribute to their losing feathers. Toss a little cat food in with them to supplement some protein. That may help. You also need to make sure they have enough space. They should have at least around 4 sq ft per chicken in the coop and 10 sq ft in the run. If you don't and can't expand, you may need to think about thinning out your flock.

  5. n-da-woods

    n-da-woods Songster

    Jan 18, 2009
    North Carolina
    [​IMG] from NC
  6. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

    Jul 24, 2009
    How old are your birds? [​IMG]
  7. English Chick

    English Chick English Mum

    Jun 27, 2008
    Cheshire UK
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  8. eggsrcool

    eggsrcool Sussex Fanatic

    [​IMG] from England. Glad you joined us!! [​IMG] [​IMG]

    To do with the feather picking, 'boredom' and overcrowding can be causes.

    You can spray them with PurpleSpray, helps with the healing process and stops other hens from feather picking- it tastes AWFUL!

    Welcome to BYC [​IMG]
  9. texasgal

    texasgal Brood with an Attitude

    Apr 18, 2009
    A big Texas size [​IMG] [​IMG]

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