Ya'll ain't gonna believe this, some input please..........

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by griffinheather, Jun 1, 2011.

  1. griffinheather

    griffinheather Out Of The Brooder

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    So, I have a white hen who keeps pecking the tops of her wings, just making a nice 'ground chicken' appearance of her wings. Ok, well, I read that blu-kote helps stop pecking, blah blah blah. Now, I have a blue hen. My hands are stained blue, she is stained completely blue, it's a royal mess. Tried to wash it off to no avail, and now she's determined to pick out every feather she has. Right now she's wrapped in a towel to keep her from pecking. Please, give me some ideas as to what to do to help me to help her not pull out every feather she has.
     
  2. kemclaughlin

    kemclaughlin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe she needs more protein in her diet? Also, I have heard that pine tar helps, but if she is plucking from all over, it may not be a good solution.
     
  3. Sorin

    Sorin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    An extra dose of protien might help, cat food, scrambled eggs, yogurt, etc. Is she eating the feathers or just plucking them? If she is eating them, then it could be a protien issue. If she is just plucking them it could be stress, or even possibly going broody, but usually they just pluck from thier chest if it's broodiness. One last consideration, is it possible she is molting? I know not likely, ut just bringing it up. Oh, one other thing to check for is bugs, lice, etc.
     
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  4. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    I have a shirt with liberal blue speckles from a flapping hen, it does not wash out.

    Did you check for parasites? There must be a reason why she is pecking, and the blu-coat may not correct that.
     
  5. griffinheather

    griffinheather Out Of The Brooder

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    well, rght now she's plucking out the feathers that are blue...........any ideas about what to do about stopping that for the moment (and yes, i recently added more yummies to her diet to help out w/ the protein issue).
     
  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Quote:have you checked for mites? how about a hen saddle that may help. also you might get her some Dr. Bachs Rescue Remedy, it's great for stress. what breed of chicken?
     
  7. Sorin

    Sorin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    dmccann Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That hand cleaner go jo helps remove the purple from your hands,as far as your hen............i have used pine tar ,axle greese,purple,every thing....now i have peepers on them.
     
  9. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Try using vick's vapor rub on her, that should deter her from plucking out her feathers. It wont harm her neither.
     
  10. griffinheather

    griffinheather Out Of The Brooder

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    a white standard bantam. Right now she's preening so maybe she'll forget about my blue mistake....[​IMG]
     

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