2yr old tom's beard cut short? Isolated feather damage as well

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Sundogz, Jun 18, 2019.

  1. Sundogz

    Sundogz In the Brooder

    Apr 1, 2018
    Is it mites?
    For the past couple weeks my tom has been exhibiting tattered feathers on the left side of his breast and behind his neck (exclusively the left side) and I never thought much of it as I see certain hens pulling on his feathers every once in a while. Today, however, I was looking closer and realized that his beard is almost gone! He's 2, and had a nice 5-6 inch long beard going, which is now only 1.5 inches long at best. All the bristles look like they were trimmed short.

    I cannot see any of the bronze tinging that implies beard rot, but I can't fathom how else the beard would become cut off like this, nor how the isolated feather damage is occurring. Is there a chance it's mites? Or is physical trauma more likely? image1.jpeg image2.jpeg
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    @R2elk, what do you think ? I don't know if turkey hens are guilty of such behavior, but that sure looks like feather picking/plucking to me.
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  3. Trish1974

    Trish1974 Araucana enthusiast

    Mar 16, 2016
    North Central IN
    My Coop
    I agree.
  4. Sundogz

    Sundogz In the Brooder

    Apr 1, 2018
    Would this also cause the beard damage? This tom is the only one in the flock.

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