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

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    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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