Help, feather picker in Solitary Confinement!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by chickboss, Jun 30, 2010.

  1. chickboss

    chickboss Songster

    Mar 23, 2010
    Don't know what to do with this little guy. He is a 4 1/2 week old Australian Spotted that has been viciously going after the other ducklings new wing feathers and eating them. I have seperated him from the flock because he has bloodied five of the others, but I don't want him/her freaking out all alone either. My plan is to put him back with the others as soon as the feathers have finished comming in. Is there anything that I can put on the wings of the others to discourage this?

    Edit to add that I have PICK-NO-MORE that I bought for chickens, does this work on ducks?
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2010
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    Wow, I did not have that problem. Sorry to hear he's doing this. [​IMG]

    Can he be where he is just separated by some plastic poultry fence or something? It would keep them from being able to contact each other but they could still snuggle up next to each other when resting.

    I have only seen occasional feather pulling, and nothing serious, just kind of teasing each other, nothing like what you describe. Are they crowded together? I read that can encourage feather eating.
  3. chickboss

    chickboss Songster

    Mar 23, 2010
    They will be moving outside in about two more days. The brooder isn't ridiculously crowded, but I imagine with the energy level and curiosity of this particular breed, it could be leading to the problem. I think I can make a little spot for him/her like you said. This is so frustrating. Thanks for your response. [​IMG]

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