Deterring feather pulling


Farm Hand
I learned a neat trick today from a third-generation farmer who raises pheasants. Do most fowl engage in feather pulling when they're stressed, bored, or sick? I haven't noticed it with chickens, turkeys, or ducks, but maybe it's common and I just haven't experienced it. Of course, the first thing to do is to make sure they've got adequate room because overcrowding is one of the first issues that leads to feather pulling. Once that's been addressed hang some lettuce heads that will sway about. This will entice the birds to pay attention to the lettuce heads instead of the other pheasants in reach. They can happily pull away lettuce leaves with no problem.


New member
This is great to know. I will try this out with my chickens and see if it helps!