Grannick's Bitter Apple Spray = eliminate feather pecking!!!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Marbleheader, Jan 19, 2014.

  1. Marbleheader

    Marbleheader Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Had a bad situation about a month ago with one of our Easter Eggers was getting bullied by our five other hens (1 other EE, 2 BRs, and 2 RIRs). All of the feathers on her butt were pecked off, she was bleeding from the skin on her butt, she wouldn't go out of the coop to eat or drink much and, as a result, she was getting scrawny, which only resulted in the others going after her more. We moved her into the basement for a week so she could heel and fatten up a bit, but when we put her back in the coop, the others went after her again, and within 2 days she was as bad as she was before.

    I read somewhere on here that Grannick's bitter apple spray might deter the others. It has worked unbelievably well -- not only doesn't she get picked on anymore, but she's gained weight and is as healthy as she's ever been. It's been 3 weeks, I spray her tail feathers and butt three or four times every 5 or 6 days and the others haven't touched her since.

    Anyway, much thanks to this community for suggesting such easy and simple fixes to tough problems.
     
  2. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Overrun With Chickens

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    Wow, Thanks for sharing the positive results. I'll be sure to remember if I have a pecking problem in the future. I'm glad your hen is doing better, too.
     
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2014
  3. djhunz

    djhunz New Egg

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    After reading the Grannick's Bitter Apple Spray ingredient label (which contains alcohol) I went with an off brand that did not contain alcohol. The alcohol would sting my chickens red bottoms quite a bit, I would imagine. I just put it on their feathers yesterday, hopefully it works.
     

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