Tai & pin feather pulling - Bleeding.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by smfritch, May 3, 2009.

  1. smfritch

    smfritch In the Brooder

    Sep 3, 2008
    Weaverville, CA
    Some of my 3 month old girls are having their tail feathers and tail pin feathers bloodied. I think it may be some of the older birds doing it but I haven't been able to catch one in the act. I remove the bloodied bird, clean it up, stop the bleeding and return it to the flock the following day. Any thoughts on why it's happening????

  2. JewellFarm

    JewellFarm Songster

    Apr 22, 2009
    Lebanon, Virginia
    I have a backyard poultry magazine and it has an article in it about that. They theorize that it may be a lack of salt so it suggests adding salt to the water for a couple of days then clean water for 3 then salt water again. Also if the afflicted one is bleeding you should remove it from the others till healed a bit because the salty blood taste is what they are after. It is actually a form of cannibalism in chickens.
  3. ging3rhoffman

    ging3rhoffman Songster

    Feb 23, 2009
    I heard that it could be due to crowding or not having scratch to pick through. [​IMG]

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