Pecking help!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by coleman517, Apr 28, 2016.

  1. coleman517

    coleman517 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm new to chickens and don't know that much yet. We got our 24 chickens almost a year ago now and they were doing super well until a few months ago. I started noticing bald spots on their lower back and sometimes there would be some Rae looking spots. Is this normal? How can I make it stop? I've tried oyster shells but wasn't sure how often or how much to give.

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  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Let It Snow Premium Member

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    Do you have a rooster? Sounds like wearing from mating, or if no rooster feather picking.
     
  3. coleman517

    coleman517 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have one rooster in with them.
    Is there something I can do or will it go away?
     
  4. JadedPhoenix

    JadedPhoenix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If he is only doing this to a few hens, then it sounds like they are his favorite. Some people may remove the roo from either all of the hens or just the ones being over-mated. You could also try saddles that are made for chickens. They can come in a variety of cute types and their sole purpose is to protect the hen from this kind of injury. Though if you like to play dress-up with your chickens, you'll never have enough. [​IMG]



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  5. coleman517

    coleman517 Out Of The Brooder

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    That is so cute! Where do you find them?
    Also will feathers grow back?
     
  6. JadedPhoenix

    JadedPhoenix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The feathers will grow back if given some relief. You can also give a bit of extra protein to the affected hens to help speed up the recovery. You can google Chicken Saddles and you'll find lots of places that sell them at a variety of prices.
     
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  7. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Let It Snow Premium Member

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    Usually the feathers won't grow back until the fall molt.
     
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