Feather picking

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

  1. Saroco

    Saroco Songster

    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 Crowing

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Too little space, too little protein, and boredom are generally the causes of feather picking. Boredom comes from too little space.
  3. Saroco

    Saroco Songster

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

    farmerChef Songster

    Nov 18, 2010
    Southern Georgia
    My Coop
    Try hanging a head of cabbage in the pen
  5. sotelomary

    sotelomary Songster

    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.

  6. Saroco

    Saroco Songster

    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?

    Jul 11, 2010
    Knoxville Area
    Eggs would help or tuna would, too. Just make sure to not give so much that it flavors the eggs. [​IMG]
  8. Saroco

    Saroco Songster

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

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