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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by kgriffith, Jan 17, 2011.

  1. kgriffith

    kgriffith Out Of The Brooder

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    Have been noticing that my easter eggers feathers have been looking ratty lately and now I saw this today. I am not sure if this hen is laying or not but I do know that one of the two is. She is 9 months old so should not be molting.
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    Any help would be appreciated.
     
  2. Cat Water

    Cat Water That Person

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    Do you know how to check for mites? They can cause feather loss.
     
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    That looks very much like someone might be feather plucking. I have actually seen a rooster stand there stoically while his "girls" plucked and ate feathers from the lower part of his neck. I couldn't help thinking, "Typical of the treatment we guys get."
     
  4. EmtheFishLady

    EmtheFishLady We're all mad here Premium Member

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    Quote:[​IMG] I guess he's "Henpecked"!
     
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Yes he and we are "henpecked". Therein lies the coining of the phrase.[​IMG]
     
  6. EmtheFishLady

    EmtheFishLady We're all mad here Premium Member

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    Quote:Now my husband isn't Henpecked. [​IMG] He's spoiled. When he gets home at night I have his dinner ready and give him a massage. He deserves it for spoiling me so much. [​IMG]
     
  7. kgriffith

    kgriffith Out Of The Brooder

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    I dont know if it is feather plucking or not. Could it be a molt starting? I have 5 hens. 2 easter eggers and 3 black star hens. The easter eggers both look a little ratty but this one in particular looks the worst.
     
  8. EmtheFishLady

    EmtheFishLady We're all mad here Premium Member

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    Quote:It looks like plucking to me.
     
  9. kgriffith

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    I was watching them and I think your right. What can I do to stop it?
     
  10. EmtheFishLady

    EmtheFishLady We're all mad here Premium Member

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    Never had a chicken plucking. With my pet birds I used "Pluck no more" worked really well. Someone with experience with that will be along shortly.
     

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