Feather pulling

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by FarmalI, Oct 27, 2014.

  1. FarmalI

    FarmalI Chirping

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    What is the best way to keep chickens from pecking other chicken's feathers out?
     
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    It depends on the root cause of the feather picking - it can stem from overcrowding, boredom, aggression, mating behavior..........knowing a bit more about your flock and the specifics of what sort of picking is going on can help in offering some suggestions to stop it.
     
  3. nvdirtfreak

    nvdirtfreak Chirping

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    Need more info. For example, I noticed a feather picking problem in my flock a couple of weeks ago, so I spent some time observing my chickens and decided I have two bullies. I separated the two bullies and now the rest are doing fabulous. I plan on reintroducing the bullies in a week or two to see if their behavioral issues have been resolved, but if they are still jerks they are going in the stew pot.
     
  4. azygous

    azygous Free Ranging 8 Years

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