Buff orpingtons feathers look bad

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by HeatherTheMommy, Oct 19, 2015.

  1. HeatherTheMommy

    HeatherTheMommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My buff orpington just began to lay and her back looks weird. Her feathers look wet and sparse. Almost fluffy but some seem missing. Only on her back. She acts normal and still lays but she looks weird now. Any ideas? This is my first flock.
     
  2. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    Read up on feather mites, an avian form of the mange in K9s.
     
  3. Mutt Farm

    Mutt Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi! To rule some things out, do you have a roo? They can do a number on a gal's feathers. Have you checked her skin closely for lice or mites?
     
  4. HeatherTheMommy

    HeatherTheMommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We rehomed our rooster about a month ago and rehomed the bully guinea hens Saturday. It seemed traumatic on the girls when we tried to catch the guineas. They were flying and running all around. Thats when i really noticed her looking weird. I havent checked her skin yet. I will try to post a picture of her tomorrow. Could she be molting?
     
  5. Mutt Farm

    Mutt Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Chickens typically don't molt until 16-18 months of age. It could have been the roo. I'd check very closely for parasites. Here is a link that might be helpful. http://anrcatalog.ucanr.edu/pdf/8162.pdf
    If it is stress, adding a little protein or "feather fixer" may help. Some of those contain a pesticide for mites as well, so read the label to be sure what you are getting.
     
  6. HeatherTheMommy

    HeatherTheMommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Will feather fixer treat mites? Could it be poor nutrition? My husband filled the feeder last and mixed the scratch in with the feed... i couldnt seperate it obviously and he got them a flock block Saturday?
     
  7. Mutt Farm

    Mutt Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apparently, some brands claim to contain a preventative not a feed through treatment. I can't imagine a feed with pesticides in it for chickens though. Mites usually attack the vent area. Have a look at lice and mites, you might just have a stressed bird. sure, poor nutrition could cause it. Scratch is very low protein. I personally wouldn't mix it. It's meant as a treat to encourage "scratching" and shouldn't be fed without grit (or tiny rocks and pebbles) to grind up the corn. You could toss some alfalfa hay, that is high protein and has some calcium too. The greens make for a beautiful yolk color. Meal worms are good but $$$.
     
  8. HeatherTheMommy

    HeatherTheMommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I tried to inspect her this morning but was running late trying to get my daughter to school and she wouldn't let me catch her. I do see a brahma who also looks like some feathers are missing because i see the fluff underneath. I'm right across from tractor supply should i run in for anything?
     
  9. HeatherTheMommy

    HeatherTheMommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not sure who laid it but i found a soft shelled egg today in the coop. Hens are about 22 or 23 weeks. Im wondering if its the stress of removing 3 birds from the flock? Maybe establishing new pecking order? Rehomed my rooster a month ago and 2 guinea fowl saturday who i believe were males.
     
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