What to do with chicken picking out feathers on heads of other hens?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by McGoo, Mar 29, 2011.

  1. McGoo

    McGoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Is there a cream I can put on their heads to discourage this behavor?? I think I've got a bully in the batch? [​IMG]

    ,,,or is a sign of something else???

    ps. I did find a case of lice which I've treated.
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2011
  2. McGoo

    McGoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    And I forgot to mention that they are laying eggs like crazy, so I don't think the problem is internal. Any ideas on what to do [​IMG]
  3. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    Feather pickers can be discouraged through the use of several products on the market- No Pick/Hot Pick, pine tar, and pinless peepers are just a few of those at your disposal.

    Another way of discouraging these behaviors is by removing the culprit and separating her for about a couple weeks. A bully, once removed for a few weeks, becomes a "new" chicken, and must fight for its place in the pecking order. Usually, the "new" chicken is so busy fighting for its spot in the pecking order that it has no chance to be a bully any longer. This is what I would recommend as your first step.

    Good luck.
  4. McGoo

    McGoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    so now I have to keep an eagle eye out for the culprit. [​IMG] Of course she's probably got all her feathers.... so that helps to narrow down the field. Thanks for the idea. [​IMG] I've got a pen in the barn where she can go for a few days and still be safe and warm.
  5. wbruder17

    wbruder17 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 7, 2010
    Portland, OR
    This has been happening to my rooster for months and it is not getting better. I've tried Rooster Booster, which is a coal tar products and it only made the problem worse. Now his head feathers are covered with a thick coating of hardened coal tar and the other hens just keep pecking.

    I also tried Blu Cote to no use.

    He is a mess and they just keep pulling out his feathers.[​IMG]

    I really didnt want to have to do it, but I think I just have to give him away, since its not even just one hen thats doing it.
  6. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
  7. McGoo

    McGoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dawn, Thanks for the link. I would like to do everything in my power to avoid using pesticides. Hope there is another way. Any other ideas?
  8. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2010
    Forest Grove, OR
    I've been having this problem as well. My BO has picked all the neck feathers off my BR making her look like a Turken. Haven't found any bugs on her. Have been using Rooster Booster no pick stuff which helps for short stretches. Isolated the BO, but only for 2 days. Haven't seen her doing it as much but she may be doing it at night. Let us know what steps you take and if they are successful, please.

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