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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by dhendriksma, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. dhendriksma

    dhendriksma New Egg

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    I am new at chicken raising. I have had them for 10 months. I call them my babies, they come running to the fence for treats, leftovers or scraps. I have 10 hens and one rooster. I have noticed this week that a couple of chickens have some feathers plucked out. How can I stop this? I just put black sunflower seeds in there to see if this helps.
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    If they aren't receiving a commercial feed you might consider giving them more protein. Oftentimes when they are craving protein they pluck feathers. Black oil sun. seeds are 16% protein, as is layer feed.
     
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  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings and [​IMG]! Great to have you with us! Have you noticed how the other birds treat the pecked ones? Do they seem aggressive toward them. Might be pecking order squabbles. Chickens also feather peck out of boredom sometimes. Also, do they have enough space in the coop - too confined means stress. Monitor closely - if the draw blood you will have to isolate the ones getting pecked. Good luck to you!
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. Feather picking, plucking may be dietary or more likely boredom generated. Increasing protein levels should cover the dietary aspect. Flock blocks, increased free range time or space allowances may address the boredom issue. If you can determine the major culprits (generally those hens in the flock that appear 'perfect') the application of Pinless Peepers can stop this bad habit.
     
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  5. dhendriksma

    dhendriksma New Egg

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    They have organic feed from a mill available all the time. They were locked a a bigger pen for 6 days because the temperature was 20% down to -5
     
  6. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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  7. give them lots of protein! good luck! and welcome[​IMG]
     
  8. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Best of luck with the feather pecking problem!
     
  9. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
     
  10. Dnetschke

    Dnetschke Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome From Cold Colorado [​IMG]
     

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