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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by catherinemary, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. catherinemary

    catherinemary New Egg

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    I am new and I have a question.... My oldest chicken has been eating my turkeys feathers & the blood dropping out from her viscous attacks. Now a few other chickens have joined in. I've read that they need more protein which I'm going to fix that in their diet real soon. But why do they only attack the huge turkey. My turkey only pecks back sometimes, poor thing gets bullied. We are going to separate them if we can fix this problem but I want them to be able to free range together. I rather not put up another fence. Please help. Will the change of diet change this chickens behavior?
     
  2. willowbranchfarm

    willowbranchfarm Chicken Boots

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined.

    Yes chickens that eat feathers usually have a protein deficiency. Changing their diet to a higher protein should help.
     
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  3. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!!
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    Glad you joined us!!!
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    [​IMG] This may be a dietary issue or it may be a boredom issue or a combination of both. Generally such problems are not common when birds are free ranged. Separation of the birds or the application of Pinless Peepers to the culprits solves the problem.
     
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  5. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Like Willowbranchfarm said extra protein should help. You can feed them a little cat food, meat scraps, or scrambled egg. Put some blu cote on the turkey's wounds, it will mask the blood and stop them eating the poor thing! You can also try pinless peepers to stop them pecking. There a discussion with pics on it here:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/144815/pinless-peeper-poultry-blinders

    Good luck!
     
  6. catherinemary

    catherinemary New Egg

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    Thanks for the info [​IMG]
     
  7. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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  8. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan :D

    X2 what sourland said.
     
  9. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Hello from Kansas, Catherinemary, and [​IMG]! Great to have you with us... I concur with sourland and sumi. Best of luck with the feather eating situation.
     
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  10. justbugged

    justbugged Head of the Night Crew for WA State

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    Welcome from the soggy side of Washington State.
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