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Chicken behavior?
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InVermont    Posted 04-20-2002 at 12:44:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've been taking care of a friends chickens while he is on vacation- They seem to be pecking each other's feathers off (especially around the neck)-is this a reaction to being more or less alone most of the day and their routine being upset by his absence?? Or are they just being pests to one another- I also noticed that one of them is laying eggs with rather thin, slightly mishapen shells. I've never taken care of chickens before; what's going on??? they are also eating the eggs within a couple hours of laying- I went there earlier today and was successful at retrieving most of them, but there was another broken one that had been carried out of the hen house by one of them.

rose rankin    Posted 07-11-2002 at 18:34:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My husband and I have chickens on our small farm. These chickens were absolutely beautiful. However, now they look like they have some terrible disease! They continue to peck the feathers off all parts of their bodies. There are about 15-20 of them and they live in a small area. They are laying lots of eggs. The only problem is the feather-picking. They look just awful. I am afraid they are sick and I am afraid to eat the eggs. What can we do? Worried in Segno, Texas....

ret    Posted 04-20-2002 at 19:14:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
yup, they need some calcium alright. Trouble is, they can get used to eating their eggs, so better do it real soon. Before we lost all the chickens, the ducks used to pluck a feather when they walked by. they are good at it

Kansas Kid    Posted 04-20-2002 at 16:31:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
My Grandad has always had chickens and they would peck the feathers off the backs of some hens. He was told by someone to give them a can of canned dog food about once or twice a month and they wouldnt do it anymore. Now he has really nice looking hens.

PCC-AL    Posted 04-20-2002 at 14:52:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
We used to crush oyster shells for them, but you can get supplements at the feed store more conveniently now.

Mark Hendershot    Posted 04-20-2002 at 13:20:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
That is a indication of Mineral Deficiency in there feed. They need more Calcium ASAP to stop the Egg eating. If you crush up egg shells real small they will eat that and get there Calcium. Some wild bird seed will help them stop eating the feathers off the other ones and they will lay better too. This did not happen over night it is a long term problem of improper feeding. Mark H.

doug abrahamson    Posted 10-26-2006 at 07:48:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
chicken molting??when and why?

AJ    Posted 10-14-2004 at 11:52:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
why do chickens peck at bloody or red spots on other chickens?

Traci Vaughn    Posted 08-30-2004 at 08:56:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have two feamale chickens that we use for eggs, that is all we have. They have both started laying eggs now. Yesterday evening we noticed that one in particular while she was eating started raising her neck up really high and making this high pitch almost barking noise off and on while she was eating, the other didn't seem to do it as much. It was the first time we had noticed her doing something like this and wanted to know if it was normal or something that could be wrong.

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