Mykids

Hatching
5 Years
Jul 9, 2014
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West Rutland Vermont
I have owned my plymouth rocks for a year now, and have not had this problem before. For a couple months now only 3 of them I have 10 have feathers missing off of their butts and it looks red but not from blood can anyone tell me what this is. My coop is dry I am very anal about my chickens being clean, does anyone know what is causing this.
 

Judy

Crowing
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10 Years
Feb 5, 2009
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South Georgia
Mites or lice can cause feather loss, or cause them to pull the feathers. Feather picking if there is not a mite/lice problem is typically caused by too little space, too little protein, or a combination of these.

For mites and lice, add wood ash to their dust bathing areas, and dust with "poultry dust" from the feed store, or 5% Sevin garden dust. Also spray or dust the coop and change out the litter. Repeat in 10 days.

http://anrcatalog.ucdavis.edu/pdf/8162.pdf

https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/back-to-basic-living-feather-picking-plucking-and-cannibalism
 

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