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Broken Feathers, Mites? Pictures.

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I feel badly that I have waited this long to figure out what is going on with my hen :(  I have looked around trying to find information on and off, about what might be wrong with here. About 3 years ago one I noticed that a few of the feathers starting breaking off on the spot on her back were a rooster would scratch but we don't have roosters.  I never have found any pictures showing anything like this so I thought maybe a genetic disorder. She never seems sick, she is a good weight, active, happy, content bird and lays eggs. We have had her for 5 years.  So today I notice that one of our newer young hens we got in the fall at 1 year old and who had been with roosters is now starting to showing the same condition maybe?  The black hen, it is getting really bad quickly and I am getting very worried. 

 

This is Madge, the black hen, in on March 1. 

 

 

 

And today.  I am I seeing  some new little feathers? Do you see those?

 

 

  see that new black feather?? I see a few of these! 

 

post #2 of 4

One or more of the birds in your flock have developed the bad habit of feather plucking/eating.  It is probably the bird that is in best feather condition.

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then it has to be one of 2 hens, and this one of them. That was easy to figure out. We had 6 hens last spring. Over the summer we lost all but 2, this black hen a red hen. Is it common for a hen to peck at just on bird for a long time then start on another?  None of the other hens had this happen to them. Would it be at night? I have watched them over the years and I can see them a lot of the day but haven't ever seen her pecking another.

 

Thanks.  

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just ordered some pinless peepers. 

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