My girls are 'plucking' mad!

TroubledChicken

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Jul 27, 2017
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Hi all!

I have about 20 or so chickens (Australorps, Barnevelders, Isa Reds and one lovely Wyandotte) and I'm noticing that about six of them that were all hatched out in the same batch are plucking their lower back feathers out and eating them (I'm assuming). We have one large Australorp rooster but he doesn't seem too rough on them and the other hens I have are fully feathered! The skin isn't bleeding, red or looking irritated, it just looks.. Well, plucked!

Does anyone have any ideas? I've tried swapping their food to a higher protein mix and it doesn't seemed to have helped?
 

aart

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I have some of those too, never really found a satisfactory reason why or solution to remedy it.
I guess they either have more brittle feathers than others and/or are mounted and/or picked more often.

Feather picking can be a nutritional deficit and/or just a bad habit.
 

TroubledChicken

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Jul 27, 2017
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It's very strange! Like you guys said I might up their protein a bit. I think they're getting around 13-15% at the moment so I'll see how they go with something a little higher. I noticed today that one of the girls missing feather has very bendy pin feathers coming through.

Or perhaps I ought to tell Robert (the rooster) to just go a little easier on the poor girls.. Haha!
 

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