Why is one of my black sex link's picking at all the other 43 chicks?

kathyinmo

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I posted on another thread, but I think I posted in the wrong topic. I think this is "behavior." I have 44 chicks, nearly 6 weeks old. The past 2 days I have noticed that one of the black sex links is going around and pecking at all the others. When she does get a feather, she eats it. Is this normal? Should I remove her from the flock? Please advise!
 

CoyoteMagic

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My black sexies are the more dominate of all my chickens. However if she is eating the feathers it may mean she's not getting enough protein. What's the protein content of your feed?
 

silkiechicken

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She could have gotten a taste for feathers or is just plain bored. At 6 weeks they are still establishing pecking order and it is possible she wants to be and is getting to the top. My two lead hens have always been black sexlinks.
 

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