Mysterious feather picker

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by GreenWillow, Jun 3, 2016.

  1. GreenWillow

    GreenWillow In the Brooder

    Mar 23, 2016
    Franklin, WI
    I've got 6 silver laced wyandottes and since 6 weeks I've had an unknown feather picker. I've spotted blood on the roosts three times. Now they are at 10 weeks and there is still feather picking going on.

    The chickens are allowed to free range all day, at night I put them in the run with their coop. Their run is huge and the coop is a comfy 8' x 10'. I've been feeding them grower feed, they have access to grit, and anything they can find free ranging.

    The feathers are usually the smaller softer feathers, but every once in a while I find a longer wing feather. When I let them out of their run in the morning and clean their coop up, every other day there is a little pile of feathers in the corner.

    All of the chickens seem healthy, robust, and active. I'm so stumped. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

  2. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Songster

    Sep 30, 2015
    Add some meatbird feed to their grower, not much but feather pluckers are usually protein deficient so the meatbird will give them the extra protein or if you can get some soybean meal works good too. a trail cam can help you see which one is plucking but usually it is a protein deficiency especially since each bird has 20 sq. ft per bird and the min is 4

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