Chicken with bald back that happened overnight, no rooster in our coop..

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  1. Bridgette89

    Bridgette89 Chirping

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    Hey,

    So overnight a chicken lost all it's back feathers.. most of them are in the nesting box. We don't have a rooster and the chooks have all been together for at least 6 months. She is also not the bottom chook.

    Any advice would be great!! Thanks!!

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  2. Cyprus

    Cyprus Master of the 'never give up' attitude

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    Could be going broody and for whatever reason is plucking back feathers :idunno
    Put a chicken saddle on her and lock her out of the nest boxes overnight.
     
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  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    I don't have a clue how that happened. It almost looks as if she got caught somewhere and struggled to get free. It's not molting and surely does not look like feather plucking/pulling.
     
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  4. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    I had a barred Rock that ate her soft back feathers too. It was a bad habit. Try upping the protein in the feed.
     
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  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    That is really odd. Does she always spend the night in the nest?
    Is she plucking belly feathers too?
    How old is she?
    Have you checked them for bugs?

    Have had one of these 2...despite higher protein feed....she's just weird.
     
  6. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Yes..Nothing I did worked either...
     
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  7. Bridgette89

    Bridgette89 Chirping

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    20190117_184457.jpg It seems to be getting worse.. I think she might be doing it? She isn't broody.
     
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  8. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    How old is she?..Looks like molting.
     
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  9. GoProChickens

    GoProChickens Chirping

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    I had a hen that almost lost all of it's feathers at the same time, when it molted.
     
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  10. GoProChickens

    GoProChickens Chirping

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    Looks like it's molting to me.
     

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