Hen picking and eating rooster feathers

NoCluckingAround

In the Brooder
Apr 19, 2020
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I have a rooster that is getting plucked by a hen, mostly on the necks and near the base of the tale. They have access to good layer feed all day and the my kids also collect and feed them worms and bugs. I scrambled some eggs for them this morning and it didn’t really get touched. Does anybody have any advice to stop this behaviour?
 

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HappyClucker7

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Are you giving them enough calcium? Make sure they always have calcium chips available to eat whenever they need them.
To stop the behavior, I recommend getting some pine tar and putting it on the spots where the hen is pulling his feathers. Chickens hate the taste of pine tar, and once she gets a taste of it, she will very quickly stop pulling his feathers out.
 

NoCluckingAround

In the Brooder
Apr 19, 2020
12
1
13
Southern Ontario
Are you giving them enough calcium? Make sure they always have calcium chips available to eat whenever they need them.
To stop the behavior, I recommend getting some pine tar and putting it on the spots where the hen is pulling his feathers. Chickens hate the taste of pine tar, and once she gets a taste of it, she will very quickly stop pulling his feathers out.
Thanks for the advice! They have access to egg shells. The hen in question isn’t laying at the moment which puzzles me even more, thinking she shouldn’t really need the extra protein/calcium?
 

rosemarythyme

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Feather picking could possibly be related to needing more protein, or just plain boredom, though in this case, some of it sounds like grooming gone too far. Not unheard of to have a rooster having his neck and throat groomed bare by his favorite hen(s) - doesn't seem to bother them that much, but not very pretty to look at.
 

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