top hen ripping feathers off all my other chickens?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by imogene08, Aug 9, 2013.

  1. imogene08

    imogene08 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    just today my alpha whyandotte hen has been ripping feathers off all my chickens except rooster she walks and rips mostly butt and tail feathers off she seemed to be eating some but she is also trying to get to my chicks and rip off there feathers any idea why she is doing this and how to stop it??
     
  2. aggiemae

    aggiemae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if you can separate her for a few day and see if she gets over it while she's in 'time out'. It seems to take a chicken 3-4 days to forget about an unacceptable behavior is you deal with it right away.
     
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2013
  3. imogene08

    imogene08 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I sorta cant though they are not aloud to free range because of cats hawks dogs and lake
     
  4. imogene08

    imogene08 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    is it possibly a protein problem?? she eats bugs/grass/cracked corn with other seeds and her normal layer feed
     

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