Pinless Peeper question

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by adirondacksusa, Jun 19, 2010.

  1. adirondacksusa

    adirondacksusa New Egg

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    I'm going to try Pinless Peepers on my flock to help stop feather picking and baboon butts. Does anyone know if free-ranging chickens wearing Pinless Peepers would be at increased risk from predators (roving dogs, for example)?
    Thanks for any help!
     
  2. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

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    Very good question.. I hadnt thought about that.. Hopefully some others who have used them will chime in ... Oh and BTW [​IMG]
     
  3. bock

    bock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Question.....What are pinless peepers? [​IMG]
     
  4. adirondacksusa

    adirondacksusa New Egg

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    Pinless Peepers: Here's a place that sells them so you can see a picture... if you search on the web, you can find some photos of chickens actually wearing them:
    http://www.randallburkey.com/PIN-LESS-PEEPERS-10-PKG/productinfo/10096/
    You put them on a chicken's head -- they're supposed to help keep the chicken from being able to peck at another chicken, but they're not supposed to interfere with eating and drinking. It's a tool to help prevent chickens hurting each other by feather picking.
    Two little prongs go in the chicken's nostril (it's not supposed to hurt the chicken) and it kind of looks like the chicken is wearing glasses.
    I'm concerned that they may make a chicken more vulnerable to predators.... does anyone have any experience with these?
     
  5. bock

    bock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Oh, thanks for clearing that up! [​IMG]
     
  6. t0m

    t0m Out Of The Brooder

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    A note for chicken keepers in the UK: pinless peepers and similar devices have been prohibited since 1968 on welfare grounds. Quoting from a document on animal welfare standards in the UK:

    "The use of blinkers which pierce the nasal septum [are banned]. Other forms of device fitted to birdÂ’s heads (such as spectacles, contact lenses and nasal bits) may also cause welfare problems and should not be used."
     
  7. rungirl

    rungirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:So I suppose letting chickens peck each other to death is more humane... Jeesh, how stupid![​IMG]
     
  8. MaureenL128

    MaureenL128 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have read a little about these in the past few days and am giving them a shot. I have one chicken who is such a bully. She has mounted and "raped" 2 of my other girls for about a 2 months now. They are all starting to free range more now with the warmer weather so I am hoping it will calm down. Even being out in the yard she has still chased one of my girls relentlessly. I don't know what else to do. She has scrathced the feathers off of the one girls back and I thought she was going to seriously harm my polish girl yesterday. Any thoughts on if the peepers with stop the abuse? Will she be able to make it around the yard while free ranging?
     
  9. eslamberson

    eslamberson Out Of The Brooder

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    I bought some pinless peepers from Randall Turkey and also some leg bands. I hope the peepers will "heal" my 3 aggressive hens! They already killed one hen and had started on another when I caught them in the act!
    Elena Lamberson
     
  10. eslamberson

    eslamberson Out Of The Brooder

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    I bought some pinless peepers from Randall Burkey and also some leg bands. I hope the peepers will "heal" my 3 aggressive hens! They already killed one hen and had started on another when I caught them in the act!
    Elena Lamberson
     

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