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Found some feathers missing on some of my chickens - wondering if I have a bully . . .

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One chicken has a pretty large patch missing and the others are just around the neck area.   My chickens are only 8 months so didn't think they would molt this year.   Any ideas . . . Here are a few photos:

 

 

 

Her's look like they have been broken off.

 


This is the one I am the most concerned about.   

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I do not think this is the result of a bully; feathers are missing in areas not normally plucked by a bully.  I see many pin feathers/new feathers growing in on all but the black hen in the last picture. So whatever happened was a while ago.  Check for parasites.  Your chickens appear healthy.  Since feathers are growing in I would not worry overly much.  Do keep an eye on them.

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I do not think this is the result of a bully; feathers are missing in areas not normally plucked by a bully.  I see many pin feathers/new feathers growing in on all but the black hen in the last picture. So whatever happened was a while ago.  Check for parasites.  Your chickens appear healthy.  Since feathers are growing in I would not worry overly much.  Do keep an eye on them.


I looked at her but didn't see anything parasite wise.   What do you suggest for this?  First time chicken owner so not sure - I use DM in their coop.  I have poultry protector spray too.   I will keep an eye on her. or rather them all.

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I looked at her but didn't see anything parasite wise.   What do you suggest for this? If mine, I would just observe. I would watch to see if there is another reason for the bare areas and to see if the patches soon fill in with new feathers.  First time chicken owner so not sure - I use DM in their coop.  I have poultry protector spray too.   I will keep an eye on her. or rather them all.
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What are you feeding?

How many bird in how much space(feet by feet)?

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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