Peepers removed and no feather picking. :D

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by patman75, Jun 4, 2011.

  1. patman75

    patman75 Songster

    Last summer I was dealing with some feather pickers in my flock. Thanks to the info and helpfulness of the BYC the feather picking appears to be over. [​IMG]

    Here is what I did.

    1. The most important thing was Added pinless peppers to the 3 birds that were doing the picking.
    2. Added Additional animal protein. Livers and carcasses of different animals to up the protein intake. BOSS was given too but you really need animal protein to really boost their protein %.
    3. Applied blue kote on any bare spots or bleeding areas to reduce picking. If a hen was molting and one of her new feather pins were bleeding I would apply blue kote.
    4. Added cabbages and flock blocks to the run to keep them entertained during the winter. Caution when using flock blocks is that it is only 8-10% protein, I added extra animal protein with flock blocks.
    5. Gave them a fenced in pasture of 3000 sq ft. Free ranging will work too. Gives them more space and gives them something to do than being locked up in a run all day.

    Once I gave them the extra pasture I removed the peepers from one hen every 2-3 weeks. If no feather picking was going on I would remove another peeper from anther hen. I removed the last peeper a few weeks ago and all seems well. No cries of pain coming from the coop when someone gets a feather pulled out.

    I also plan to added a Japanese beetle trap/feeding station which should help keep them entertained and give them extra protein.

    Thank you BYC for info needed to break this bad habit. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jun 4, 2011
  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Great news!
  3. BriteChicken

    BriteChicken Songster

    Feb 23, 2010
    Huntsville, Alabama
    How do you make a japanese beetle trap for them they are every where right now so it would be very entertaining... for them of course [​IMG]
  4. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Songster

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    Quote:I have a bug zapper in their run that's turned on at night. Auto pop door go's up at first light & they have bugs for breakfast.
  5. patman75

    patman75 Songster

    Quote:I have read about it from other posters. The plan is to take a beatle trap bag that has a ziplock opening on the bottom for removing bettles and hang it in the run. I would then attach a flexible metal tube to the bottom problaby with duct tape. When the bettles go into the trap they will then go into the tube making all sorts of noise like a dinner bell. Once they get to the bottom there should be 12 chickens waiting to see what is coming out of the tube.

    Thats the plan, there might be some adjustments as we go.

    The bettles have not started around here yet.
  6. Firefly1v

    Firefly1v Songster

    Jan 13, 2009
    Boy I am going to try this.... thanks...
  7. Hellipp

    Hellipp Hatching

    Jul 1, 2013
    This is a bad picture, because she was a bit irritated with me, but I am having picking issues, I think. Three of my chickens have areas right above their tales that are almost crusty, picked at and gross! Im not sure what is going on....It has been very cold and very snowy here in New Hampshire the past couple of weeks and I am wondering if they are just too cooped up? Im a bit freaked out and am not sure what to do. I have been reading past posts and will introduce more protein tomorrow...unfortunately, it is February so there are no Japanese Beatles available at the moment... :-(

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