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Bloody feathers?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by kdcrws, Oct 21, 2008.

  1. kdcrws

    kdcrws Songster

    Aug 18, 2008
    L.C. FL
    I picked up three feathers (all close together) this morning and the end of the shafts were bloody. Does that mean they were pulled out? Or is that part of molting?

  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Pulled out. Not normal.
  3. basicliving

    basicliving Keepin' the sunny side up

    Mar 20, 2008
    Shenandoah Valley, VA
    Kdcrws - if this is the first time you've noticed this, I'd be sure to keep an eye out. Not sure how many chickens you have - but try to watch them and see if feather picking/plucking is happening a lot. I've had a bad experience with it - and I sure wish I'd noticed it was happening earlier.

    Take care and best of luck,
  4. kdcrws

    kdcrws Songster

    Aug 18, 2008
    L.C. FL
    Quote:Thank u for the info...I'll keep a close eye on them....I only have the four girls 2 BR 2 Buff Orps. It was one of the Buff Orps's feathers, and I've heard that they r known for getting picked on.
  5. Jenski

    Jenski Songster

    Jun 17, 2008
    Middle Tennessee
    How much space do they have?
  6. kdcrws

    kdcrws Songster

    Aug 18, 2008
    L.C. FL
    they free range during the day in fenced area of about 30X27 (aprox) so I don't think that's the issue.....I've never seen them pick at one another other than the occasional I want what u've got.

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