Broken wing feathers-- please help

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Ohelo Lilikoi, Sep 3, 2013.

  1. Ohelo Lilikoi

    Ohelo Lilikoi Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 30, 2012
    Attached are some pictures. This hen has always looked kind of disheveled. But it seems it has been getting worse as of late. Im pretty sure wings feathers breaking off is not molting. The last few weeks I have beenwatching as much as I can to see if she's getting picked on. And as far as I can tell she's not. The other hens don't bother her or the rooster either anymore than the other hens. I'm pretty sure she doesn't have mites or lice but can't be positive. I've started to get worried though cause as u can see in the picture her feathers are breaking off really short almost in her skin. If anyone has any ideas or suggestions I would greatly appreciate it.

  2. Ohelo Lilikoi

    Ohelo Lilikoi Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 30, 2012
    Also if it helps, all my other girls do not have this going on. They are doing the regular molting.
  3. srodems

    srodems Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 1, 2009
    Ben Lomond, CA
    Did you ever find a solution to this, or a reason? I have a Speckled Sussex and her wing tips are broken off too. Although hers are closer to the wing end and not the shoulder. She always has looked a little disheveled and I didn't realize how broken her wing tips were until the other day. She also has a greasy look to her. Would love to know if you found a solution or cause.
  4. thejoyofchicks

    thejoyofchicks Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 7, 2012
    I'm having this problem as well... my two buff orps both seem this way. they are 2 of approximately 40 hens, and just like the OP said, or doesn't seem to be mites or excessive male attention. any other ideas, anyone?
    what about treatment options?


    May 9, 2015
    I have a Leghorn with a similar problem.
    Although the shafts are not broken so low down.
    I have now just put it down to genetics as the hen is two years old
    and is showing now sign of changing.
    It doesn't seem to effect her though.
  6. Akrnaf2

    Akrnaf2 The educated Rhino Premium Member

    Jul 5, 2014
    Center of Israel
    Feathers are made mainly from protein, so protein deficiency can causes the growth of fragile feathers that have a tendency to brake. Assuming that your chicken is eating well and don't have any kind of nutritional deficiency there is another possible explanation. In chicken there is a recessive gene called "flightless" Gene (Fl gene) that causes problems in the protein metabolism in flight feathers causing them to brake.
  7. Grandma Quinn

    Grandma Quinn Just Hatched

    May 29, 2016
    Girard IL
    I have a hen that our rooster over bred and her flight feathers are exactly like this. Wish there was more on this subject.

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