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Chicken feathers looked snipped. anyone with ideas? pics

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Bluffdweller, Dec 7, 2010.

  1. Bluffdweller

    Bluffdweller New Egg

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    Barred Rock named "Lips" looks a little haggard. Not sure what the cause might be. It look like someone took some scissors to a lot of her feathers.

    9 mo's old.
    Flock size is 20 including one rooster.
    Large coop (12 X 8 insulated with straw bedding and plenty of roost space.
    Water all the time with nutrena layer feed.
    Only the rooster appears to have a few feathers with same look.
    They've been cooped up a bit more than usual due to significant snow fall. Free range usually.
    Temps in the 20's with occasional dips to teens the last three weeks.
    She acts normally.

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    Thanks,
    Bluff
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    at nine months not sure maybe some molting going on?
     
  3. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    Looks like rooster damage to me. It's in the right spot for it. Is she one of his favorites?
     
  4. cackleberrycoop

    cackleberrycoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is she a favorite with the rooster? He could very well be ruffing up her feathers when he mounts her.
     
  5. cackleberrycoop

    cackleberrycoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ha, CMV, posted at the same time. [​IMG]
     
  6. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    molting or overzealous rooster [​IMG]
     
  7. Bluffdweller

    Bluffdweller New Egg

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    She isn't his favorite. He seems to prefer a couple of our blk australorps. Not to say he doesn't stay busy with all of them.

    In fact he seems to have some feathers with the same look which made me wonder.
     
  8. cackleberrycoop

    cackleberrycoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    have you flipped her bottoms up and checked her vent area for mites or lice? The rooster also.
     
  9. Bluffdweller

    Bluffdweller New Egg

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    Quote:Went out just a bit ago and flipped her over. I didn't notice anything obvious. I sat for a while and watched another bird peck a bit at her wing area a bit...nothing crazy but interesting at least. She was also preening pretty hard. Has to be something on her I'm thinkin. I'm not worried...yet.

    Ya know, just a few weeks ago we started having a resident covy of quail start mingling during the day and have been in the coop. Wonder if they might have introduced something????? Hmmm
     
  10. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    My birds live in close proximity to and free range with several resident wild ground birds, and I have had mites on multiple occasions as a result. Mites are really hard to see, so check yours carefully.
     

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