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Has anyone tried this???

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Justino, Mar 26, 2009.

  1. Justino

    Justino ♪♫ Rockin' Rooster ♪♫

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    I have read about feather pecking and it says there is spray to spray on the one getting picked on to stop the others from picking on her......im just curious if anyone has done this before???

    Thanks! [​IMG]
     
  2. spook

    spook Chillin' With My Peeps

    I've used sour apple spray on Parrots and canaries, but I don't know if it would work with a chicken. Don't know why not, but finding why they feather peck, is it hierarchy, board, crowded, or lacking protein or some mineral. (Just suggestions that I would go down through)
    Good luck!
     
  3. Justino

    Justino ♪♫ Rockin' Rooster ♪♫

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    Quote:well, im pretty sure its not bored, cause they are out all day in our yard, and i dont think its over crowding cause they free range and have a big cool.......idk about lackin mineral......but i feed em oaster shell and layer feed [​IMG]

    ive seen em do it at night when they are roosting......idk why they do it! they should go to sleep!
    so u say apple spray might work?
     
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  4. peaceful

    peaceful Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have you tried sunflower seeds?
     
  5. lilchick

    lilchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Vics Vapor Rub works great for the picking.
    They hate the taste...[​IMG]
     
  6. Justino

    Justino ♪♫ Rockin' Rooster ♪♫

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    Quote:huh? what do i do with those???


    Vics Vapor Rub works huh? lol ok, so it loos like ill try sour apple spray first....... lol now where can i get some of that? LOL
     
  7. peaceful

    peaceful Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Apparently chickens may be picking at/eating each others feathers because of a deficiency in the diet that sunflower seeds help correct. So supplementing with sunflower seeds can deter feather picking/eating.
     
  8. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Black oil sunflower seeds = methionine.

    If there is picking try increasing space, adding more feeders/waterers, decreasing bordem, increasing protein, increasing methionine, decreasing the pickers.
     
  9. Justino

    Justino ♪♫ Rockin' Rooster ♪♫

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    Quote:ive got a bunch of waterers and feeders......they free range so theyre not cooped up and crowded and they shouldnt be bored............ idk about diet though....so sunflower seeds huh? like what kind? unshelled? oh yeah, and ive never seen them pick at eachother during the day so im pretty sure they do it while theyre roosting at night:/
     
  10. banter

    banter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No in the shell is fine. Molasses in the water, a tablespoon per quart might help. A cabbage to pick on is good too. Have you checked for mites/lice? I have never had those yet, but I hear they are more active at night.
     
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