self feather picking

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by cvchickenmama, Sep 20, 2010.

  1. cvchickenmama

    cvchickenmama Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 22, 2010
    Carmel Valley
    I have a 3 year old RIR hen that has reciently showed up with no neck feathers in the front. The skin is red and irritated. My husband said he thought he caught her in the act of picking on her own neck. This is one of our favorite hens who is very tame and likes to sit on our lap. In the last 3 months we have increased the size of the flock. However, they have plently of space and often free range. She is probibly the alpha hen in my flock of 8. No rooster. Any tips for what to do?
  2. tamelroy

    tamelroy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 19, 2009
    Did you check for lice or mites?

    Also do you give free choice of protein? Maybe she still isn't getting enough with free ranging.

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