tail feathers

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by lakehuroncluckers, Jan 7, 2008.

  1. lakehuroncluckers

    lakehuroncluckers Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 7, 2007
    when will our chickens stop ripping the feathers out of each other?
    they are 12 weeks old
    the roosters are out
    is this molting when they are ripped out with a loud squak, or do they just fall out?
    our coop floor is pine shavings and feathers..
    any help is appreciated ....thanks
  2. Chickemee

    Chickemee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2007
    I think molting is when there feathers fall out buy themselves. I belive someone said that if they get enough protien they won't tear out each others feathers.
  3. SweetLilRachy00

    SweetLilRachy00 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 30, 2007
    Simpsonville, SC
    Perhaps they don't have enough room and they are getting irriated with one another.
  4. arlee453

    arlee453 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    12 weeks is too early for molting. Sounds like they are pecking one another.

    Others have mentioned the usual causes: overcrowding and lack of protein in the diet.

    Also, if you have too many roos housed together that can exacerbate the problem.

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