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Newbie from New Jersey needs advise

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by toddyboy, Feb 12, 2016.

  1. toddyboy

    toddyboy New Egg

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    Hi I'm Todd I'm very new to raising chickens. I have 4 hens and 1 rooster all Rhode Island reds. I've had them for about 2 months. 2 of my hens and my rooster have their feathers ripped out on theirs backs the worst one is about the size of an apple. I don't kno if they are sick or what any advise? Also the hens haven't layed eggs yet not sure if they are too young or what. I kno the rooster is young because he is just starting to cock-a-doodle-doo and isn't very good at it yet lol also there are little nubs where his talons should be. I think the hens and him are about the same age. They all look full grown size tho so I don't know lol any help would be greatly appreciated :D
     
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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Hi, Todd, welcome to BYC. It sounds as if one or more of your birds are feather plucking/eating. They will do this sometimes out of boredom when confined. If they start drawing blood you may need to outfit them with Pin Less Peepers.
     
  3. toddyboy

    toddyboy New Egg

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    Thank you!! I kept them in a run and house for the first month so they would know that's where they live. now I let them out all day so maybe it will stop?
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Welcome to BYC!

    Sounds like your cockerel is just 'coming of age'...can be a rough time for both pullets and keeper.
    His 'talons'...actually called spurs, won't get bigger until he gets older.
    Here's glossary of terms that you might find interesting:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/...of-common-terms-for-raising-backyard-chickens

    How big is their coop(feet by feet)? Crowding stress can cause feather picking.
    What exactly are you feeding? Feather picking/eating can be caused by lack of protein.
     
  5. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

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    Hi Todd and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice from experienced members, so I'll just say a big hello and hope that all goes well.

    Cheers
    CT
     
  6. toddyboy

    toddyboy New Egg

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    The run is about 4by5 the house is 4.5 by 4.5 2 levels I'm letting them out to free range every morning. I'm feeding them organic egg layer pellets and a corn scratch
     
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