feather plucking

  1. Maine_chic

    29 wk old EE hen with repeated broken blood feathers—Cause?!

    Once again, I turn to the BYC community for much needed help!! My EE hen has a large area surrounding her vent that is bare. Last week she had a broken feather and I stopped the bleeding with cornstarch, got her cleaned up and used Blue Kote. She’s partridge colored and the blue kote did a great...
  2. CalBickieMomma

    Pullet plucking and eating other pullet’s feathers ...

    Hello all! I have a 22 week old RIR pullet who has been on and off again plucking and eating the feathers of her flock mates (same age). First she was targeting my Silver Laced Polish (maybe a month and a half ago) to the point they avoided both my RIRs like the plague, then she stopped...
  3. S

    2 year old chickens not laying eggs/chronic feather plucking. HELP!

    Hello all I'm new to chickens so I'll start there. We were given 7, 2 year old hens and have had them about 2 months. The previous owner had communicated to us the chickens have always had feather plucking issues and bald patches. She said she couldn't figure out why they had chronic issues with...
  4. Jlgonzo

    Feather pecking

    I have 8 chickens that are 9 months old now. I have had issues in the past with feather pecking and bullying of one of my Easter eggers when some of the other chickens first started laying. I was able to put peepers on the two culprits for about 6 weeks. That was several months ago. Now I have...
  5. T

    Feather loss

    I have a hen which had gone broody but has recently (2 days ago) abandoned her eggs. She is aggressively going at her best and stomach and I have noticed after a bit of a fight to pick her up, she has lost a lot of feathers on her breast. Should i be worried? She is still young and this is the...
  6. MistyDF

    Molting chicken's feathers plucked

    Hey Everyone! I have a RIR going thru her first molt and it was a hard one. She was mainly new feathers coming in and they were probably little over 1/2 in. I went out this morning and the other 4 girls had plucked almost all of them out! It is cold here in Indiana now so I just put an apron on...
  7. Onnie1776

    Two of my hens (both Barred Rock) are plucking out their own feathers near the tail and back

    I am at a loss what to do. I have a small flock of 5 hens (aged +1 year) who appear to be pretty healthy, except ... Two of my hens are plucking out their own feathers. Both of these hens are Barred Rocks. None of my other hens are doing this. This behavior has been going on for about 3 - 4...
  8. jbear697

    HELP: Questions about drakes... who stays, who goes?

    I have few questions as it is the auctions next week and I'm making decisions about my flock... I currently have 6 Muscovys (two drakes and 4 ducks) and 2 pekin mix drakes that all run together all about 5-6months old. firstly// one of my Muscovy drakes has had his tail feather pulled by one...
  9. KDOGG331

    Broody hen pulling feathers? And how many chicks can she comfortably raise?

    I have a broody hen and I'm a little concerned because she seems to be pulling feathers from her chest? Is this normal? The box is lined with feathers. The reason I'm concerned is because one of the feathers attached to her looked a little red around it? But I guess maybe just irritated from the...
  10. Feathers & Friends

    Help! Quail Aggression!!

    New Member Intro: Hello, my name is Matthew. I am currently located in Idaho. I have raised poultry for 13+ years (mostly chickens and pigeons). I am currently raising Quail and Doves, although I'm fairly new to doves and quail. Due to space limitations I started raising button quail and I am...
  11. Joeschooks

    Bald bottom and stopped laying!

    Around October my 10 month old Marans based hybrid stopped laying. Despite being a hybrid that is supposed to lay through winter, I just put this down to a reduction in daylight hours and thought no more of it. She did lay two unexpected eggs last week, meanwhile my other girls have carried on...
  12. Stephanie777

    Hens won't stop feather picking! Help!

    Hello, I am new to the site. I've had my 6 hens for about 2.5 months or so. I got them from someone who was downsizing from "a couple dozen or so". I believe they are different ages(a year or year and a half or so) my coop is 3X8 with food and water and 2 nesting boxes, my run outside has 5...
  13. elisemarie

    Help! Adult hen pecking pullet!

    I got my first ever chickens over a month ago. Our town's bylaw only allows us 3 hens so we have one White Orpington (1 year old) one Buff Orpington (3 months old) and one Silver Laced Wyandotte (3 months old). The problem is that our WO is often pecking our SLW and plucks out her feathers in...
  14. Dawn S

    Help! Broody hen, but maybe sick also (?) and weird behavior in sister hen

    We have two four year old chickens who have been raised together - a Black Sex Link (Buttercup) and a Barred Rock (Sami). They have both been laying eggs still, getting about 4 - 5 eggs a week between them and both have the same egg sizes (XL to Jumbo sized), but none in the last week to my...
  15. Dawn S

    Help! Broody hen, but maybe sick also (?) and weird behavior in sister hen

    We have two four year old chickens who have been raised together - a Black Sex Link (Buttercup) and a Barred Rock (Sami). They have both been laying eggs still, getting about 4 - 5 eggs a week between them and both have the same egg sizes (XL to Jumbo sized), but none in the last week to my...
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