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What are the causes of feather pecking and what can I do to stop feather pecking and cannibalism in my flock?

Severe feather pecking can lead to skin and tissue damage, and cannibalism. No one knows exactly what causes feather pecking and cannibalism, but most likely causes are: Stress Boredom Overcrowding Overheating Excessive light Nutrient deficiencies Insufficient feed or water Inadequate nest boxes Adding birds to your existing flock Failure to remove injured or dead birds in the flock in a timely manner Sometimes you have a chicken who is a bully to everyone Abrupt changes in care management practices or the environment Genetically fast-feathering and slow-feathering chickens […]

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Why and when do chickens molt and how you can help them?

Molting or moulting (British English) is a natural, periodic process of shedding feathers and regrowing them that all chickens (hens and roosters) go through. Humans do molt, too. We shed hairs and skin cells. A chicken starts dropping feathers in late summer to early fall, but some won’t even start molting until early winter. Molt’s purpose is to supply chickens with fresh, new feathers — the best defense against skin infections, and the cold and precipitation of winter. Chickens molt in a predictable order beginning at the […]

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How to keep my chickens warm in winter?

Chickens can tolerate cold weather better than hot. A chicken’s feathers provide them with warmth and insulation from the cold. They also can tolerate wet conditions, but the combination of wet and below-freezing temperatures is a recipe for frostbite. Combs, wattles, and toes are susceptible to frostbite. According to The Poultry Site, here’s how to look after your chickens in winter: Minimize drafts by ensuring that all air leaks are sealed, and repair any holes with plywood. Keep your coop ventilated to reduce ammonia build–up, but place […]

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