Plucking tail feathers

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 5peeps, Feb 4, 2009.

  1. 5peeps

    5peeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So about 4 months ago I noticed one of the Buff-orpington was missing a lot of tail feathers (I thought it was a picking order thing )

    But now over the last 2 months there are 2 others my easter egger and one of my barred cochin .

    so my questions are .

    Is this normal ???

    If it's not normal what can I do to stop it ???

    Why do they do this ???

    I have also noticed that I don't see the feather in the coop ??

    Thanks for all your help
     
  2. chickenfever

    chickenfever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they are picking, you could try some no pick solution like rooster booster.
     
  3. Omran

    Omran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2008
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    How big is your coop?
    I read that if the coop is crowded (less than 4 sq foot per bird) that birds might peck on each others, also I read that if birds don't have or get enough sodium in thier diet they might do that too.
    I have the same problem and I am trying to give them more treats these days may be they quit, my birds are still 16 weeks old and they slowed down the pecking since I started giving them the treats.

    Omran.
     
  4. 5peeps

    5peeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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