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Loosing Feathers?

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One of my young birds (six weeks old) has a partially bare patch on her neck. I don't know why. Is it mites? cannibalism? Is it normal? How concerned should I be? None of her siblings have this problem.

(These chicks have several different breeds in them. Their mother is silkie/ameraucana, and their father is unknown.)

They don't like getting their picture taken so the images are not the best, sorry.

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It appears to be cannibalism. I caught one of the others pecking her there. No signs of mites. Any recommendations?
Edited by Peregryphon - 11/20/15 at 12:24pm
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It's called feather picking, and it is usually caused by either too little protein or overcrowding stress.

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Originally Posted by junebuggena View Post
 

It's called feather picking, and it is usually caused by either too little protein or overcrowding stress.

Yes.....or both.

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."

Reply
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x2.  Mary

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