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losing feathers

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I have a 5 chickens in a good size coop one side has the RIR and Americana they get along great but the Americana has lost most feathers from her bottom and som on her neck,I seen the RIR plucking her bottom and have seen her pulling her own from her bottom, I feed them a great crumble and I give them bananas,cracked corn,dried meal worms, fresh water I've sprayed RX on them I gave them a block of maple seed, I let them roam my 1/2 a acre everyday but nothing helps,I don't see any mites. The other side of the coop has A RIR and 2 buff Orpingtons RIR has started losing her bottom feathers also not the others. Their not bored as one of the guesses I've been told. I live in Florida their eggs are fine does anyone have a solution to my problem as I've read and talked to store owners and can't seem to fix this.:(

 

 

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The first thing I would do is spray blu-kote on the bare areas.  I didn't start with that when I had this problem, and certainly wish I would have.  It is a germicidal fungicidal spray that turns their skin blue, which should help with picking problems.  Be sure to wear disposable gloves because this stuff will stain your hands and it is a royal pain to get off.  

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I heard about that, but haven't tried it yet. I will try that and update in a few weeks.thanks.
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