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feathers picked of head

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by countrygirl57, Dec 28, 2009.

  1. countrygirl57

    countrygirl57 Songster

    Jul 5, 2009
    I have 3 hens that are being picked on. One has all the feathers picked of one side of her head. I think she is the lowest. I caught 3 leghorns . one had her pined down, the other 2 were pecking her. ( she is a golden comet)

    I broke this up, & held her for awhile. How can I stop this behaver. The leghorns are top dogs.

    Any suggestions, please

  2. joedie

    joedie Songster

    Mar 17, 2009
    SW Indiana
    Same thing happened to my 2 Polish. One died from it but I got the other one in time. I spray either blukote or Betadine spray on her head every few weeks. They don't like the taste and it helps heal.
    She looks a little funky with blue or brown crest on a white Polish but she thinks she pretty.[​IMG]
  3. OhMyItsAndyy

    OhMyItsAndyy Songster

    Dec 22, 2009
    West England
    Deffinatly give the bad taste thing a go!

    and maybe just watch them a little, break it up when it starts. may help
  4. purpletree23

    purpletree23 Songster

    May 15, 2009
    Are the chickens that are being bullies eating the feathers? If yes then you have a protein problem. Not enough protein and they are turning to cannibalism. Get a food that has higher protein and add some scrambled eggs to their diet for a while.

    Does each chicken have enough room to roam around in? Each chicken should have 4 square feet MINIMUM or they will go after each other.

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