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Chickens losing feathers

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by shotzii4, Jan 24, 2013.

  1. shotzii4

    shotzii4 New Egg

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    I have three Rhode Island Reds and three Buff Orphintons. They are coming up to a year old soon. In the last month, one of the reds started loosing her feathers at the base of her tail and her back. Recently I noticed one of the buffs also is missing feathers in this region but she was bleeding. I was able to clean her up so the other birds wouldn't keep pecking her but now she is loosing feathers. I checked for parisites but don't see any. Since I have only had them not quite a year, could this be a form of molting? They haven't molted at all and I am thinking that if they were going to molt they would have done it this winter. Any ideas?
     
  2. JerseyGiantfolk

    JerseyGiantfolk Overrun With Chickens

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    Do you have a rooster?
     
  3. shotzii4

    shotzii4 New Egg

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    No rooster.
     
  4. willowbranchfarm

    willowbranchfarm Chicken Boots

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    Can you post pictures?? They could be feather pecking because of lack of protein.
     

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