Salt Cure for Cannibalism?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by CoopintheWoods, Jan 2, 2017.

  1. CoopintheWoods

    CoopintheWoods Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been having an issue with one of my pullets picking feathers of the others, and this has resulted in two of them being injured. The chickens forage when it is warm enough, and are eating Nature's Best Organic Layer Feed, so I don't think a nutrition deficiency is the issue.I have separated the chicken doing the pecking, and I have read a bit about some cure where you put a bit of salt in the water. Does anyone have specifics on this, and have you ever tried it?
     
  2. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well i know Salt is extremely bad for chickens.I wouldn't do it.


    How much space do they have?
     
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  3. IdyllwildAcres

    IdyllwildAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Maybe up the protein a bit? All flock...

    IDK I am new here


    Gary from Idyllwild Ca here
     
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  4. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Overrun With Chickens

    Sounds like you need more protein in your diet. 16% in layer is the bare minimum and some breed need more than that.

    I use a flock raiser with 20% and OS on the side for layers, because I have a mixed age and gender flock.

    I would avoid salt, personally!
     
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  5. CoopintheWoods

    CoopintheWoods Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 14 pullets in a coop that has enough space (4 sq. ft. per bird) for 20-22. They can go in a large run (about 10 sq. ft. per chicken) when it is warm enough.
     
  6. IdyllwildAcres

    IdyllwildAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    That sounds cramped to me...


    IDK, I am new here


    Gary from Idyllwild Ca here
     
  7. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    While that might be over the required space for chickens your chickens are bored and are resulting by pecking each other.You can look up chicken bordum busters.

    If you add a dust bath,Hang a cabbage,Make a swing things like that will decrease pecking
     
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  8. GC-Raptor

    GC-Raptor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Open the pop door to the run during the day and let them go out at their discretion. My girls have been out in the run at 4 Fahrenheit. They go in and out of coop as they desire. GC
     
  9. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Overrun With Chickens

    Do you leave the door open to the run so they can go when they think it's warm enough? They are wearing down jackets...
     
  10. GC-Raptor

    GC-Raptor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here is a photo of my girls eating snow [​IMG]My girls eating ice [​IMG] CoopintheWoods, most chickens are hardy. My girls have heated water and food in the coop and still like to get out. The thing my girls don't like is wind, it ruffles their feathers. GC
     
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