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9 week old pullet with new skin wound or disease or is this normal?

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Hi,

This is my first time to raise chickens. We have 9. Today I discovered this unfeathered area on the back of my Easter Egger. She is acting fine, eating, active.  The area doesn't look irritated or bloody.  It is missing feathers, and it wasn't like that 2 days ago.  Grace is 9 weeks old. She has always seemed to be the most mature of the group, she was maybe a day or 2 older than the rest.  They get along fine.  I don't see any picking or fighting. I live in Illinois. We moved them out to a new coop that we built in our back yard 2 weeks ago. Before that they were inside our house. We haven't finished the run yet-planning to get it done this week. They eat medicated chick starter/grower by Purina. I give them chick grit also.  I just recently started giving them some greens from the garden, grapes, meal worms, and some friends brought over a few slugs and worms from their garden. I don't over-do it with the treats, their primary food is their regular chick food. I'm really worried and not sure if this is an infection, mite, or ?  None of the other chicks have anything like this.  I really appreciate your help.

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I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

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Hi welcome-byc.gif

Glad you could join the flock! It could over preening if she has been irritated by lice or mites. They sure can be pests, here's a nice article on them ~ http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/mites-lice-treatment-and-prevention

I would not rule out feather pecking either. Unless you are watching them 24/7 they could be doing this. You could try some no peck spray on the area and see what happens.

Good luck and I hope her feathers return soon. Enjoy BYC frow.gif
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Thank you so much!

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Thanks!

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Nice to meet you Kim, glad you joined us at BYC. Yorkshire Coop has given excellent advice.

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