Can anyone help me???I have 8 hens 4 Rhode Island Reds and 4 Plymouth Barred rocks.They all are missing feathers on their butts and base of tails on some.I keep a very clean coop,they free range supervised every day when I'm home and get lots of treats other than their regular feed.I even added an extra roost in their house thinking over crowding may be the problem.I feel terrible because I work so hard to take good care of them and they look horrible! Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Bald Red Butts
I couldnt find mites either.I have an appointment at the vet Monday for this one in the picture (she's the worst) they will look at her feathers under the microscope to ckeck for mites and I'm having them send in a stool sample to check for worms, I'll keep you posted.Hopefully this is not just a behavioral problem, that may be tough to cure
My DH & I did a full coop & run cleaning yesterday - took everything put, scrubbed down everything, dusted with sevin & DE. Also dusted all the girls with seven. Will repeat again in 2 weeks. The coop needed a good cleaning anyway, and I figured the dusting wouldn't hurt even if they don't have mites/lice. I should know in a couple of weeks if the feathers are coming back in. If not, I may have to take a trip to the vet also.
Most of our six hens have some form of plucking damage. The odd part is the one who does the most damage has hardly any feathers missing. I would sit and watch the one pluck out another hens feathers and eat them. I've tried increasing protein, increasing free ranging and giving them toys. None of it seemed to help. This began about three months ago and I haven't found a solution yet. They were about 10 months old at the time.