Chickens losing bottom feathers

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by southerngirlkjc, Mar 14, 2015.

  1. southerngirlkjc

    southerngirlkjc Out Of The Brooder

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    Can someone please tell me what Is happening to my chickens and how to fix the problem. I am pretty sure they are not molting because I think they are too young. They will be a year old on April 1st.

    I have 10 chickens but only 4 or 5 have any issue. The one pictured above is by far the worst. The others are affected but not very badly.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!
     
  2. justplainbatty

    justplainbatty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is a classic case of feather picking and a bad case. The cause could be boredom and space issues or lice and mites or both. Obseve your birds at roost time to learn about fighting/pecking issues. Listen to and watch the birds for excessive grooming and scrathching issues. Birds bothered by bugs have difficulty settling at night.
     
  3. southerngirlkjc

    southerngirlkjc Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks! I will do that!
     

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