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Picky Chicken

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by StinaD, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. StinaD

    StinaD In the Brooder

    Sep 26, 2012
    So I finally got my chickens and wouldn't you know it I got the sweetest one (Prissy) except she hates her roommate (Bitty). If Bitty gets to close to Prissy, Prissy will pick out Bittys feathers. what am I to do?? Is that normal?

  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Feather picking is usually considered due to too little protein, too little space, boredom, or a combination of the above. I would say it's normal for a chicken to pull a feather occasionally, but you shouldn't see it very often, and you shouldn't see bare spots. Some people give so many non-protein treats that they end up reducing the chickens' total protein intake by accident. If they live in a small space, sometimes adding a hiding place or an extra roost will help a bit. Flock block type treats or a hanging cabbage that they can work on for a while are another approach (you can make your own.)

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