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

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    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

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    @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

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    I agree.
     
  4. Sundogz

    Sundogz In the Brooder

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

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