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OK, I have tried everything... half of my flock have no feathers on their backs. Thinking they might have lice, I've dusted & sprayed the coop with melathione. Yes, the rooster is fairly vigorous...but not really that bad. I've got 18 hens to one rooster, so it's not overkill.  Is there something I'm missing?? It's kindof embarrasing. It's not like they're mouling, unless they've Permanently moulted? I have never seen the like. Feedback would be great.

post #2 of 6

How big are his spurs?  Have you trimmed them?  Is he a really large roo?

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Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due.

9 hatchery and mutt hens

BYC Troubleshooting article -- click here

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post #3 of 6

Here's a site that discusses feather loss.  You might see clues here that we would not know about.

I think Ddawn is onto something asking about the rooster.  Sometimes a rooster will pick favorites.  Combine a large rooster, long spurs, a young and vigorous rooster, a rough technique, and favorites and you can develop problems even with a good hen rooster ratio.

http://www.oznet.ksu.edu/library/lvstk2/mf2308.pdf

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Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought....Abraham Lincoln (Freedom carries responsibility)

The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right.....Judge Learned Hand  (The more sure your are that your way is the only right way, the more likely you are wrong.)

 

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post #4 of 6

It sounds like he's only breeding half the flock to me. Which means 1 roo and 9 hens, so to speak. Might want to get some chicken saddles for the naked hens.

Did you mean Malathion is what you used? Malathion is a toxic cholinesterase inhibitor and can cause severe damage to the nervous system in animals.

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Don't get all your exercise leaping to conclusions!

Poultry- they may be your pets, they may be your hobby, they may be your livestock. But remember, if you fall down in the pen, unconscious? They WILL eat you.
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post #5 of 6

You can put some of the burn relief for sunburn.  You can also put some alo plant on there.

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Along with my parents, I breed, show and sell
Show Silkies, Show White Bantam Cochins, Showgirl Silkies and Ginger Red OE.

www.featherlegfarms.webs.com
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post #6 of 6

Yes, saddles would be a good idea.  Several people on here sell them, or you can make one with a scrap of fabric and a pair of scissors.  Here is how (scroll way down:)

http://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=167

I read very recently a recommendation from, I think, dlhunicorn, not to put creams and ointments on bare backs to treat or prevent sunburn.  When I worked in the Keys, we would see some nasty dermatitis at times, on people who had gotten sunburned, then had a bad reaction from the medicine they had put on the sunburn, so I was not surprised.

Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due.

9 hatchery and mutt hens

BYC Troubleshooting article -- click here

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Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due.

9 hatchery and mutt hens

BYC Troubleshooting article -- click here

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