The girls are constantly pecking their rear feathers out!

JSC

In the Brooder
11 Years
Mar 28, 2008
90
1
39
Union, Mo.
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.



 

Farmer Kitty

Flock Mistress
12 Years
Sep 18, 2007
5,184
13
261
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)
 

JSC

In the Brooder
11 Years
Mar 28, 2008
90
1
39
Union, Mo.
No Roo.
We actually catch them plucking a feather,then running off with it and swallowing it quick!
 

texaschickmama

Songster
12 Years
Sep 19, 2007
2,608
13
201
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.
 

patandchickens

Flock Mistress
12 Years
Apr 20, 2007
12,520
254
341
Ontario, Canada
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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