Pick no more

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Lisa Wood, Mar 1, 2017.

  1. Lisa Wood

    Lisa Wood Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 6, 2016
    AIKEN, South Carolina
    I have ten young chicks, they will be one year in May. One was an accidental rooster, as they were all supposed to be female. He bred the lower chicks in the flock so much, he ripped out feathers under the wings. I saw it, and didnt catch it. I saw white feathers starting to show and thought my red chick was growing white feathers!? Now I know.
    So the rooster is seperated, but now the head hen catches them and pulls out on top of where he already denuded.
    My question is, I have some "Pick No More" which I hear is great and effective because they hate the odor. So if the bully hen hates it, what happens to the hen on whom I administer it? How do they stand the smell? What about preening? How long does this stuff stink, and how long do I have to use it?
    I am bringing the bully in the house for a few days, and when shes returned, I will either use the pick no more, or saddles.
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I don't know if they are the same ingredients but there is also Blu-Kote. which of course is blue, and that covers up any bald spots of wounds. I don't know if chickens even have a sense of smell. But I know they have a sense of taste. It may be a good idea to keep the Bully inside for a few days, then when she rejoins the flock, the pecking order may have changed and she'll be lower down.

    For bad pickers there is also something called "pinless peepers." - put that in the search box to check out the info. It keeps birds from seeing straight ahead, so their aim is off, and I would suppose they are aggravated enough about wearing them - that they forget to feather pick.
  3. Lisa Wood

    Lisa Wood Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 6, 2016
    AIKEN, South Carolina
    Thanks for the ideas! I am pretty sure they smell cause God gave them nostrils. I KNOW my Gofin Vocjatoo smells, because he screams when he likes what I cook.
    I used Blue more with horses. It's an antiseptic wound spray, so I'm pretty sure the color is a bonus when treating wounds. Mine have not yet become wounded, they just look like chickens in the store on the back. I'm trying to save remaining feathers and nrw growth, break the bully's habit, and keep her from teaching the other little monsters to do it
    I have an inside crate all set up, so she'll room inside for few days.
    My coop I believe has four square feet per chick, and run is something like 70 by 20. They do not free range because I'm afraid. Hawks hunt overy land all day long. My husband is planning on a tractor, and I can get him to expand coop if needed.
    The bully is so quick it's crazy when I look I'm her eyes. I'm gonna get a swing and check other toys.Maybe a chess set will keep her busy, if she can get another chick to play. They have now a bale of hay and cabbage tetherball that they play nonstop.
  4. azygous

    azygous Flock Master

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    First of all, just because chickens have holes in their beaks resembling "nostrils" doesn't mean they can smell things like we do. For that matter, with our tiny noses, we don't smell anywhere nearly as well as animals with large noses such as dogs and bears. How about elephants? Wow! They smell things that don't even exist yet. (Just kidding.)

    The Pick-no-mor relies on bad taste to work, and it doesn't work all that great, from my own experience. Then you have the mess that lasts forever on their feathers.

    Blu-kote, though not bad smelling, works just as well because it disguises the raw skin exposed by missing feathers. I use it and ignore the jar of Pick-no-mor. Chickens are attracted to the raw skin and then especially to the blood-rich pin feathers that begin to grow in. Keep applying the Blu-kote on the exposed skin until the re-growth covers it.
  5. FlyWheel

    FlyWheel Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 19, 2016
    34.560847, -81.154203
    My Coop
    Um, silly question, maybe, but how do they peck for their food?
  6. peeper89

    peeper89 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2017
    u could put a cover on them like they sell on ebay etsy chicken saddle that help them to cover up
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    I've found blue kote to often attract as much pecking attention as a bloody wound...and often the bird it is applied to preens it off.

    Best here to separate the pecker or the peckee....but most importantly find out WHY this is happening and correct it.
    Crowding and diet are the first things to look at....a flock may try drum out/try to kill an ailing flock member.
  8. Picking causes...

    Too hot
    Too crowded
    Short of fresh air
    Lack of protein in the diet.....
    Coop to brightly lit.......

    Once picking starts it is almost impossible to correct......

  9. Lisa Wood

    Lisa Wood Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 6, 2016
    AIKEN, South Carolina

    She is separated for a couple days. That's the thing. The lead Hen didn't start it. The Rooster displaced and tore feathers out with his claws. Then remove him, and she starts plucking the others where feathers already injured. I guess I'm trying to say no one previously picked. It's like a follow thru idea. lida
  10. Lisa Wood

    Lisa Wood Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 6, 2016
    AIKEN, South Carolina

    I'm sorry I can't resist. So if the holes on the front of the beaks are not nostrils, what are they? Are they where you put a coin or jelly beans?

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