Feather picking

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Saroco, Jan 8, 2011.

  1. Saroco

    Saroco Chillin' With My Peeps

    My White Plymouth Rock has started picking out the other chicken's feathers!! What do I do?! How do I break that habit? My SLW only has a few tail feathers left, and Flo (Feather picker) picks out her leg feathers when she's taking a dust bath.... [​IMG] Do I have to get rid of her?
     
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2011
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Too little space, too little protein, and boredom are generally the causes of feather picking. Boredom comes from too little space.
     
  3. Saroco

    Saroco Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ok. What can I give them So they won't be bored? (Space is not the problem)
     
  4. farmerChef

    farmerChef Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Try hanging a head of cabbage in the pen
     
  5. sotelomary

    sotelomary Chillin' With My Peeps

    I had the same problem. I upped their protein. Mine wouldn't take cat food so I started mixing 20% feed with my current 16% feed. (50 - 50 ratio) This brought up the protein to 18%. It stopped the feather picking.

    Mary
     
  6. Saroco

    Saroco Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thank you so much! [​IMG] What if I whipped a few eggs so they can't recognize them, and fed them that? Would that be enough protein?
     
  7. tennesseeckn

    tennesseeckn Real or not real?

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    Eggs would help or tuna would, too. Just make sure to not give so much that it flavors the eggs. [​IMG]
     
  8. Saroco

    Saroco Chillin' With My Peeps

    Haha!! Thanks for the warning!! Hmmm....however, I could sell tuna-garlic flavored eggs.... [​IMG]
     

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