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what is it and what do I do??? New at this chicken stuff

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She lost all her back feathers and I now have another chicken loosing her back feathers.  She started laying this week, are the eggs okay to eat?

 

 

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The eggs are okay to eat. are there any feathers laying about in the coop? You may have a feather eater in your flock. Also how much space per hen do you have? They could b getting board.
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If they are eating feathers, they may be over-crowded or lacking enough protein. If they are pulling out their own feathers it could be mites. https://poultrykeeper.com/external-problems/depluming-mites/


Edited by Hholly - 2/10/16 at 8:10am
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we have 7 chickens in a 10'x7' coop...so I don't think they are over crowed.  I do see loose feathers in the coop and hen house.  I will have to keep on eye out and see if she is picking them out herself.   Thanks for the help. 

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