Ok coop

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Lkcoop66, Jan 18, 2014.

  1. Lkcoop66

    Lkcoop66 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 31, 2013
    Hi all,I am I Lodi,Calif. and have 7 Bard Rocks who are great layers. But, how do you keep them from picking each other's feathers out? I have built a separate caged area so I. Will see how that works at night. Thanks. Coop. :(:rolleyes
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    Feather picking can be a sign that they are crowded. Giving them more room can be a big help. This is by far my first choice. Extra room can solve or prevent many problems.

    It’s possible they are not getting enough protein. I don’t know how you are feeding them, but you might try upping their protein intake. Try to avoid things that are high in salt content, they don’t do well with a lot of salt, but maybe add some meat or fish as a treat. Maybe some cat food.

    Check them for mites and lice. You should do this regularly anyway.

    By feather picking I’m talking about them picking feathers off of each other. It’s perfectly normal for them to eat loose feathers flying around. Some people have been concerned that them eating loose feathers is a problem. It’s not. From your post I think you got this right but I'll just mention it more for others reading your thread.
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop

    Chickens pick on each other when they feel cramped. So you probably need to add more room either to the coop or their run. If you are unable to expand the coop, then get them out to free range for a part of the day so they can work off their energy. You can also hang veggies, cabbage or put out seed blocks...something they have to work at to eat, instead of trying to eat each other. :)

    Also, chickens will pluck each others feathers if they are not getting enough protein. So make sure they are eating enough of their layer feed and you might even feed them a bit of meat a few times a week to help to boost the protein levels.

    Great to have you aboard and enjoy BYC!
  4. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    Welcome to BYC from Modesto! I agree with the above advice. Also, you can try separating the bully from the flock and re-introducing her to change the pecking order. Good luck to you :)
  5. JDchicks

    JDchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2012
    Southeast Alabama
    Welcome to BYC!

    Great advice list above. I tried the hanging treats, worked great for me.
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC!
  7. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
  8. chickie farmer

    chickie farmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 27, 2013
    I have a hen that picks feathers off my barred rooster while setting on the roost with no others around them. He doesn't seem to care. His neck feathers stick straight out from his neck. I cut up a couple hotdogs into small pieces once in a while and that seems to stop her for while. I feed them layer feed. 16% protein. I have 7 hens and one roo. The other hens don't seem to pick feathers. At least that I've ever seen.
  9. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

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