Hello from MA

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by kmscala, Apr 9, 2009.

  1. kmscala

    kmscala Hatching

    Apr 9, 2009
    The City

    I'm new to the forum though I've been to the site several times since we began our chicken raising adventure a year ago. All had gone well up till the last few weeks when my beautiful girls started eating each others' feathers.[​IMG] So now I come to you all for help! I look forward to reading your posts and am please that there are so many people who enjoy chickens as much as I do!


  2. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    [​IMG] from TN
  3. patyrdz

    patyrdz The Madd Hatcher

    Feb 26, 2009
    Southern Pines, NC
    Hi! Welcome from North Carolina![​IMG]
  4. redoak

    redoak Songster

    Feb 27, 2008
    Russia, NY
  5. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    welcome from another Mass member! [​IMG]
  6. Buckhorn Farm

    Buckhorn Farm OLD Country Girl

    Mar 30, 2009
    North Florida
    Welcome [​IMG]
  7. spook

    spook Songster

    Greetings from Maine [​IMG]

    When our girls begin shredding each other , it can be a lack of protein, or other nutrients missing.

    I noticed a few rough acts between ours today, feathers missing off the back of ones neck. This is pecking order and they will work it out- or be bald.

    What I do is scramble up some of their eggs, cooked well so they do not understand what it is, add some sunflower seeds- or bird seed, meat scraps (no processed meats and yes, if feed ours chicken- they can be carnivorous) cracked corn and left over salad (omit the onion) or last nights left overs, mix together and let them have it. They will be your best friend!

    Some people give their birds dry cat food, but heck, half the stuff that goes in cat food, I refuse to feed my cats that.
    Of course Yogurt is wonderful for them and left over cereals are yummy. (If they can free range or tractor on green grass, they will have super great eggs, high in protein and Omega's. Nothing like natural) I hope I've helped and I'm sure that someone could give you a bit better advice.
    Take care and welcome to BYC!!! [​IMG]

  8. wingnut1

    wingnut1 Crazy Bird Lady

    Hello, kmscala! If the same chicks have been together for a year, then I would be inclined to explore a dietary cause... like spook suggests. I am assuming you are feeding them a food mean t for laying hens -- and you might try giving them scrambled eggs for a week - see if that works.

    Also - are they crowded in there? Just a thought - if they get out to free range or have a run with lots of space, then that wouldn't be the cause...

    The other thought is that they may be going "broody" - search for that term... I have a broody hen right now, and if I didn't know better, I'd swear she's gone insane!!! She seems to stir things up quite a bit...

    Not sure that I am giving advice that will help - I am not an expert - but this is the first thing that comes to my mind!

    Have fun - and get familiar with the search tool - it will help a bunch!!!

    Welcome to BYC!!! [​IMG]
  9. Baymen Moe

    Baymen Moe Songster

    Jan 17, 2009
    Pembroke, Ma.
    Hi from another Ma member.

  10. TheOLDNewChick

    TheOLDNewChick I'm an original

    Jun 12, 2007
    Tioga, Louisiana

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