stop pecking others feathers

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by S Family farm, May 19, 2012.

  1. S Family farm

    S Family farm In the Brooder

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    my birds love to peck each other for no reason.
    Pleanty of room,food and water.
    How do i make them stop.
     
  2. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Songster

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    If you mean just pecking each other, that's what chickens do. Its how they keep order. Hench the term "Pecking Order". If you mean plucking feathers till their bare, pecking till they bleed, that is being overly aggressive. Which is it ?
     
  3. S Family farm

    S Family farm In the Brooder

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    Peckin at each other till feathers gone only have a few like it
     
  4. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Songster

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    Feather picking is hard to stop when a large part of the flock is doing it. You can try upping the protein in their feed, Feathers being protein may be one reason they are plucking. Or if you can, separate the offenders. After a week start reintroducing them one at a time. The separation can reset the pecking order and the offenders are to busy trying to rejoin the order to pick feathers. Doesn't always work as feather picking is a strong habit. Another way is get some pinless peepers. They work by blocking the birds forward vision, thus they can't easily target feathers.
     
  5. Chicks? Adolescents? Adult birds?
     
  6. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Songster

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    "Pin-less Peepers" for the offenders!

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  7. S Family farm

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    they just starting laying eggs they were born nov 1 from mc murray
     

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