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Yes they do. They will do it for protean. Don't worry this is quite common, one of mine used to do it and we thought we may have to get rid of her. But we started giving them meat every other day/ every 3 days and my chicken has stopped peking altogether.

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It could be from stress, sickness, or bugs. Rival roosters can cause stress in roosters on the lower end of the pecking order. Try separating the rooster for a few days to see if the plucking stops. Dusting for bugs wouldn't hurt, either

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The roosters favorite hen is usually the one to suffer the most from feather loss.

When the rooster mates with the hen he grabs her by the neck feathers and holds her, if she tries to pull away she loses feathers. During the mating act, the rooster climbs on top of the hen and the area at the back of the hen called the "saddle" is often bare.

Other reasons are lack of space in the coop, hens will peck at the nearest bird to force them to move over, stubborn hens lose more feathers.

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