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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by lward220, Nov 6, 2011.

  1. lward220

    lward220 Hatching

    Nov 6, 2011
    Hi, I am Linda and I am new to this forum..My hubby and I acquired 4 Silver Lace Wyndotte hens 6 weeks ago. There are 2 dominate and 2 submissive hens. The major domo (I call her Princess Lea) has been plucking feathers from the lesser 2 and eating the feathers. Is this normal behavior for chickens? We have only had one egg laid (yesterday) in the 6 weeks. All 4 are molting and appear to be healthy...I would appreciate any suggestions on how to overcome the feather plucking and eating.. We really like our chickens and dont see any reason to get more IF we can gather more eggs sooner than later. Thanks for your attention to my question..Linda

  2. CrestedGirl

    CrestedGirl Polish Obsessed

    Mar 7, 2011
    Fort Worth, Tx
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] From North Texas [​IMG] So glad you joined us [​IMG]
  3. greymane

    greymane Songster

    Jun 2, 2011
    Snyder County, PA
    [​IMG] from the Finger Lakes of New York! Very happy to have you aboard! Sounds like they are working out the pecking order. Normal, as it is.

  4. Lothiriel

    Lothiriel Crowing Premium Member

    Aug 30, 2007
    New York State
    My Coop
    So glad you joined us! You'll love it here. [​IMG]

    If your girls are molting they stop laying eggs. If they are eating the feathers I *think* that is a sign that they need more protein. (Molting chickens need more protein thatn when they aren't molting, so that their feathers grow better and they stay healthy during that time.) You could try giving them a protein supplement if that's the case. If they are picking the feathers from the others, they may be bored. Are they free ranged or in a run? You might try giving them interesting stuff to do -- like toss some grains or veggie scraps out on the ground for them to occupy themselves. Good luck! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2011
  5. FarmCoe

    FarmCoe Flock Mistress

    May 22, 2010
    Planet Earth
    [​IMG] They might be just establishing the pecking order. Or maybe what Lothiriel said. [​IMG]
  6. RedRoosterFarm

    RedRoosterFarm **LOVE MY SERAMAS**

    Mar 25, 2010
    Eatonville, Washington
    Hey glad your here. Im in Eatonville
  7. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle


    Lothiriel said everything I would have.

    Imp in Renton

  8. weimarmama

    weimarmama Crowing

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
  9. Chickie'sMoma

    Chickie'sMoma Songster

    Mar 21, 2009
    Rochester, NH
    welcome to BYC from Rochester.....NH! [​IMG]

    your girls are going through molting and like someone said, they will need extra protein while this happens. giving them black oil sunflower seeds (BOSS) will help them get through it. if you can also up their feed to something with higher protein that is good. game bird feed is usually the highest you can get without spending a fortune. even if you do it for only a few weeks till most of the molt is out of the way. also, be careful handling them, their new feathers (pin feathers) will be hurting them since they will be filled with blood while they are coming back in and not opened up yet. this is also a good time while they are not laying eggs to do any de-worming.

    i would suggest taking the hen that is acting dominant out of the pen for a day so she looses her place in the order and has to re-establish it. find some stuff called blue kote to treat the balding beauty's spot so it can heal. or see if you can find some Pik-stop that is used to help keep the others from picking at her. it is supposed to taste nasty to them if they try to pick at or around a bald spot.

    good luck!
  10. ghillie

    ghillie Hen Pecked

    Nov 13, 2008
    Colorado Springs, Co

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