Black Australorp pulling out breast feathers

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by KKarwowski, May 22, 2017.

  1. KKarwowski

    KKarwowski In the Brooder

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    Hi, everyone. I have 6 Black Australorp hens that are all laying well. However, one of them is pulling out her breast feathers on a regular basis. Sometimes the other girls will pick at the bald area but not always. We have been applying the Blu-Kote stuff and she seems to leave it alone for awhile, then goes back to pulling out the feathers in a week or so. None of the other hens are displaying this behavior, and all are healthy and I have been proactively treating them for mites in the coop and run. Does anyone have any suggestions? I do not believe she has any parasites.
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Generally, the only time a hen does that is if she is broody. It allows for contact between her warm, moist skin and her eggs. Has she had any other odd behavior?
     

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