The girls are constantly pecking their rear feathers out!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by JSC, Sep 30, 2008.

  1. JSC

    JSC Out Of The Brooder

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    Does any one know why our girls are constantly picking the rear end feathers out of one another? We had one that got bad enough that she got a bloody sore and we had to isolate her till she healed.

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  2. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    Wisconsin
    Are you sure they are picking them out? It looks more like rooster rash.

    If you don't have a roo, I would say they are lacking in protein and methione. Try feeding some BOSS. (Black Oil Sunflower Seed)
     
  3. JSC

    JSC Out Of The Brooder

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    No Roo.[​IMG] We actually catch them plucking a feather,then running off with it and swallowing it quick!
     
  4. texaschickmama

    texaschickmama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2007
    Poolville, TX
    Mine look like that but it is from a rooster. Have you tried Blu-Kote on it? I use that, but make sure you wear gloves or you will have purple hands for a week. [​IMG]
     
  5. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Three things to try: give them more room (enlarge coop or run if possible); give them something better to do (like, cut a whole bunch of long grass or roadside weeds [making sure there is nothing drastically toxic in there], or weed the garden, and dump it all into their run for them to eat and scratch through; and try feeding more protein, for instance scraps of meat from the kitchen (freezerburned bits, trimmings, bits scraped off bones after you boil them for soup, etc).

    Good luck,

    Pat
     

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