Feather plucking

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Maurice11, Jul 26, 2013.

  1. Maurice11

    Maurice11 In the Brooder

    I have 24 ten week old chicks. 6 of which are Polish chicks. This is my third flock. 22 are hens, 2 are silver leghorn roosters, all same age. Suddenly, the Polish are getting their heads plucked, one at a time, now I have three living in my shower, and outside during the day, They are getting extra protein to get their feathers to grow. Must I isolate all the polish in a separate pen or what? I have aracuanas, silver flecked, rhode island reds.. Other than sitting outside the pen to see what is going on, what can I do? They have plenty room, hen house, enclosed coop, free access to feed, with lettuce, fruit, etc., treats.
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing

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    I've read that other breeds do tend to pick the feathers of crested breeds like Polish.
     
  3. Maurice11

    Maurice11 In the Brooder

    thank you - guess I have to build another pen.
     

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