Hen's tailfeathers being plucked out

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ddiaz1975, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. ddiaz1975

    ddiaz1975 New Egg

    Jun 23, 2011
    I have 10 rhode Island reds with one rooster and 9 Hens. Recently we noticed that one of our hens wasmissing some of her tailfeathers. after observing for a while we noticed that the rooster seems to pluck them out. is this normal? It has become worse over time and now we are noticing taht some of the others are having their feathers plucked out. How do we stop this?
  2. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    I have 9 Reds & 1 Red roo & have the same problem. This behaviour has been going on forever my chickens look like they have been at war. I have tried every gimmick in the book. I tried more protien & their still at war. They still lay eggs really well. Yesterday evening I pulled them off the roost one by one & applied pine tar its my final attempt. There's nothing more I can do I hope it works. Good Luck !!!!
  3. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    As 7L Farm indicates, it can be a very persistent problem. However, some are able to get it stopped. The usual causes are too little protein, boredom and too little space. Sometimes it happens because people give so many treats, trying to be kind to them, that they end up reducing the protein intake.

    From the FAQ page:

    My chickens are pecking/eating each other's feathers:

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