It's official! Feather picking crisis OVER!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Egg Rookie 2010, Aug 23, 2011.

  1. Egg Rookie 2010

    Egg Rookie 2010 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well after a few weeks of worry, all sorts of attempts to change Matildas feather picking behavior with diet, entertainment, jail, stuff I put on the victims to ward her off to no avail....she drew blood yesterday on poor Olivia. With the speed of desperation I hustled in the house to make an apron with a twist. I made it extra long and with a cupped ruffle to serve as a prosthetic tail to covered the injured area. I made it black so it wouldnt draw extra attention to her. (Matilda pulls feathers only from my Marans and Olivia is the smallest and most picked on) She is cute as can be and I thought about a pink bow just above the tail but decided she would be a target once again. She doesnt seem to mind it today. Ive been watching carefully since about 4 yesterday afternoon and Matilda tried only once to get her and ended up with a beak full of fabric which didnt interest her. She hasnt so much as looked at Olivia again. Now the funny part is that I sell eggs and aprons at craft fairs etc so I have decided Olivia will be my new mascot chicken and she can wear a fancy apron with bows to the shows with me! LMBO! Photo isnt so great. I didnt want to squat down eye level with the roo which my hubby had to ward off with the kids light saber while I put her apron on.
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  2. Egg Rookie 2010

    Egg Rookie 2010 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This photo is better...please forgive my unscraped coop boards this morning all the girls decided to lay at the same time and early as you can see the boxes are all full! That will be a fun chore when it is hot later.
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  3. flowergirl60

    flowergirl60 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 13, 2011
    Austin Tx
    She looks so cute with the apron. I agree she would be a great mascot.
     

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