bare back hens

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by smcmanus, Jan 19, 2012.

  1. smcmanus

    smcmanus Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 1, 2011
    2 Jersey Giant hens and 3 Silver Wyandott hens, in separate houses, can't keep feathers on their backs. This has been on-going for months. There seems to be no other problems, and none of the other birds have been affected. What do you think causes this?

  2. Chemguy

    Chemguy Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 30, 2011
    Springfield, Ohio
    No roos?
  3. florida lee

    florida lee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 6, 2011
    I have the same problem. My Brahma pullet has a bare back, no Roo. I don't know who is puling her feathers. I think is must be happening in the morning before i open the coop or in the evening when they are locked up for the night. I don't see it happening during the day in the run.
  4. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I'd look for lice or mites first. But it sounds possibly like feather picking. Gamebird feed will help stop picking, it has a higher protein content than layer feed. Once you use up the gamebird feed, switch back to layer feed.
  5. CherylR

    CherylR Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2011
    Western NY
    I had a hen that had a huge bare spot on her back for several months and at first I thought maybe she was molting. It didn't get worse or better for quite some time so after ruling out parasites and/or illness, I figured that it might be one or some of the other hens picking at her. I didn't have a rooster at the time so it couldn't be from male "attentions", and I didn't rule out the idea that maybe she was picking her own feathers since it was at her tail base. Anyway, long story short, the skin was looking red, sore, a little swollen, and like it needed to be covered so after looking around on the internet, I found these neat little "jackets" called hen saddles and ordered one. I was very pleased to find feathers starting to grow within a week or two of using it and she is now fully feathered. Yay! I ordered mine from, and got the single strap, "Alaska" model (because I live in a cold climate) in the large-for most standard chickens- size and it fit my barred rock hen very well. Don't know if this easy fix will solve your problem or not, but just thought I'd passed it along just in case. Good luck!

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