One chicken picking out other chickens feathers?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Silvers, Feb 6, 2017.

  1. Silvers

    Silvers New Egg

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    She is not doing it maliciously, she wants to eat them, but she is doing it constantly. She picks at all the chickens, even the rooster, but focuses mainly on the two white ones. The feathers she goes for are small and usually on their bottoms or rumps.
    They have plenty of space and their feed has protein pellets. I'm not sure how to get her to stop save for putting bad tasting gel on the chickens, and that would mean covering half their bodies.
    So how can I get her to stop?

    Thanks for any and all answers! (;
     
  2. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    Have you heard of pinless peepers? They obstruct forward vision and can make it hard to target a victim to pick feathers. In the short term, many have found this to be a good solution. However, it may not work for the long run as a chicken can learn to work around them.

    I have had a long running feather picking problem in my flock. I've tried just about everything. Lately, I read that vitmin B complex, especially niacin may curb cannibalism in certain animals. I'm treating four hens and it shows definite promise. I suggest you install some pinless peepers and give the B vitamins a try.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    What exactly does this mean?
    What percentage protein are they getting overall?

    Huddling together in a dog house at night might not be 'plenty of space'.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1150523/how-many-chickens-can-fit-here#post_18003333
     
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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