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3 chickens with raw butts, 1 bleeding.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by gbartha, Dec 31, 2016.

  1. gbartha

    gbartha Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 5 chickens that range in age and breeds. Two are barred rock mixes and 3 are buffs. 3 of them have pecked butts with two of them bleeding. One is pecked clean. Could it be a lack of protein? They are on 16% protein layer food.
     
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  2. CWP1966

    CWP1966 Out Of The Brooder

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    Same problem here but it's only on my dark colored hens. Buffs and White Rocks look fine. I was bad about giving them too much scratch. I was using 16% crumbles. I've switched to 20% flock raiser. I looked them over good for mites at night with a flashlight, didn't see anything.
     
  3. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    Exactly....Protein......I feed a mix of Grower and layer at 50/50.........Until my Birds are 1 years old and then finisher 50/50 mixed with layer till hard molt...Then Grower and after first egg I go back to the 50/50 layer and finisher....


    Cheers!
     
  4. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Protein level could be a factor, though plenty of people (including me) feed 16% protein feed with no feather problems. Others give their birds extra protein (20% +) and see no improvement in feather condition. Still, it wouldn't hurt to try feeding your hens a gamebird grower feed or chick starter/grower feed with at least 20% protein, and see what happens.

    I'd also make sure none of the birds have mites or lice, since those can lead to irritation and feather picking. It might be a good idea to observe the flock for a while and see if it is other birds picking out the feathers--occasionally, chickens will bully a few birds and cause damage.
     
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    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    Also look up thrush.......Not sure, but worth a look.....


    Cheers!
     
  6. gbartha

    gbartha Chillin' With My Peeps

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    no mites but I will look again. Someone suggested spraying them with Blu kote. I have very fine chick starter/grower. Should I buy crumbles or can I mix the fine mix with the pellets?
     

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