Beaks in feathers itching or something

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by xx Georgina xx, Aug 13, 2013.

  1. xx Georgina xx

    xx Georgina xx Chirping

    May 29, 2013
    Hi Everyone,
    I let my chickens out when it was getting dark today I am a little concerned because my chickens has been doing something to their feathers or skin I know their doing something because they keep itching or something in their feathers non stop! the places their doing it is under their wings, their wings, their necks and back feathers which are near their bums. I'm a bit worried about them!
    The weird thing is my smallest hen is doing it to her self and the bigger one.
    So both of my hens are doing it, I'm very concerned about it.
    Also not that long ago we had our family of cats 2 kittens and their mother sleeping in the same bedding as they are now, would it be something to do with that???
    Please help me!!
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Chickens do groom themselves and sometimes their buddies. Have you checked them for lice or mites?
  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    They are preening. It is normal. They have an oil gland near the base of their backs (near the vent area on top of the back) which looks like a large pink nub. They rub their beaks on this and then spread the oil over their feathers. They groom themselves with their beaks.
  4. xx Georgina xx

    xx Georgina xx Chirping

    May 29, 2013
    I do have a mite spray I haven't used it yet (I didn't have it for long) and I will check for some lice anas ok I just wasn't sure

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