Chickens losing bottom feathers

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

  1. southerngirlkjc

    southerngirlkjc In 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 Songster

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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

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    Thanks! I will do that!
     
  4. newchick64

    newchick64 In the Brooder

    I have 2 of 4 chickens with the same problem. I've been searching the internet to figure out what the heck is causing it. Did you ever figure out what was going on? I know it's been a few years but I am at a loss. Thanks for any feedback.
     
  5. oldhenlikesdogs

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    Definitely from picking which can be from boredom, crowding or a deficiency. What are you feeding. That can quickly turn to cannibalism, so take it seriously.

    How big is your set up?
     
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  6. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Crossing the Road

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    I agree, it looks like picking. Do you have a rooster as well?
    Photos of your coop/run along with dimensions (sq ft of each) would be helpful.
    Photos of the others girls with damage along with photos of the girls with no damage may give us a clue as well.

    I would still check her over for lice/mites.
    Also tell us what you feed, including treats and how much.

    Your BR pullet also have quite a fullish looking abdomen (see red arrow in photo). How does that feel? Is it hard, soft, squishy or fluid filled?
    Does she have any problems laying eggs?

    A full abdomen like that I might expect in an older hen but in a pullet, I would suspect that may be excess fat or possibly and indication of reproductive problems to come.
    We can help you evaluate food/space and see if anything needs to be tweaked.


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