Hen eating feathers what to do?!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by imogene08, Oct 14, 2013.

  1. imogene08

    imogene08 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have two hens who eat feathers my lead hen a SLW is the only one who plucks the feathers only the vent feathers after she plucks my black Australorp comes running to eat them too.She only does it to a few chickens my Australorp doesn't pluck just eats they get a layer pellet and scratch they don't free range and get additional oyster shells any way to stop this none of my other chickens do it any ideas
     
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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Do a search on 'Pinless Peepers' - they can halt this practice, and once the habit is broken sometimes they can be removed.
     
  3. imogene08

    imogene08 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is it
    Possible that they need more protein ??
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    It may be - generally, I think, it is a bad habit started from boredom. Try adding protein in the form of cat food. If it were a dietary problem, I think all of your birds would be conducting the practice.
     

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