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What are some good tips to help hens with bare backs?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by MeMotherHen, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. MeMotherHen

    MeMotherHen Out Of The Brooder

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    I have two Aracauna's and one New Hampshire who have been pecked a little on their backs! One of the Aracauna's have it worse then the others, and it's the winter and we just got a good size snow storm so I'd like to help her restore her feathers...

    I've read a few things like putting vinegar in their drinking water, and giving them a flock block and other things to occupy them so that they don't peck each other!! But I'd really like to help the girls who are trying to grow back their feathers on their back...

    I've heard that some people put duck tape on their backs and let it fall off...but I'm not too keen on doing that...

    So are there any more suggestions as to help heal my girls backs??

    Thank you!!!!
     
  2. willowbranchfarm

    willowbranchfarm Chicken Boots

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    You should consider getting a chicken saddle.
     
  3. JerseyGiantfolk

    JerseyGiantfolk Overrun With Chickens

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    If they're bored or crowded they will pick at each other. Fill a suet feeder with lettuce/bananas/apples. Or hang a head of cabbage or broccoli.
     
  4. MeMotherHen

    MeMotherHen Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you so much for all the links and info!! I will look into getting some saddles...anywhere in particular that sells them for a good price?
     
  5. JerseyGiantfolk

    JerseyGiantfolk Overrun With Chickens

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  6. MeMotherHen

    MeMotherHen Out Of The Brooder

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    Awesome!! thank you! I have contacted her about the saddles and I'm waiting for her reply!

    Also I hung some broccoli and cauliflower in the hen house this morning...and a few days ago I put a flock block in there as well.

    Thanks again!
     

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