Poor girl.I’m so upset, I have a scissor beak and her 4 flock mates hanged up on her today and pecked her until she’s bleeding. I have separated her, but what should I put on it?
We are definitely going to keep her separated for a while. We only have five chickens chicken's in a coupe that is about 4x4x4, but they have a large 5ft x 15ft and 6ft tall run that his attached right to the coupe so they can go in and out all day and we are going to close in the run this winter and use see poly roof to allow lots of sunlight and leave space at the top for ventilation. Marley is fed in a deep dish for both food (Flock Raiser Crumbles) and water and eats very well. She has learned to eat dandelion greens by turning her head/beak upside down when she eats. She is also able to get pieces of watermelon, tomato and cucumber when offered. I believe that she is just at the bottom of the pecking order and they know she can't peck back. When I noticed this today they were pecking her in the run and they have a lot of space out there with water, perch and a swing.Good advice. You may also want to keep her with the others, but separated in a wire dog crate until she heals some. Do you feed her moist feed in a bowl with tall sides?
Feather picking may be due to overcrowding, boredom from not getting outside, too little protein in the diet, or some others. Are you feeding a balanced layer or all flock feed, and limiting treats?