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Chickens red bald spots

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by richvt, Feb 28, 2015.

  1. richvt

    richvt New Egg

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    hi there

    We have 8 chickens with 5 of them having bald spots that are getting raw and a little bloody. It's cold here now in vermont and I am curious if people think this is from mites or pecking. I can't see any mites but I don't know if they are to small.

    Any help is appreciated.
     
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  2. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    [​IMG] glad you have joined us.

    Looks like feather picking to me. Just make sure you examine all closely and if you don't find any mites or lice, then likely the ones with fluff are the culprits.
     
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  3. richvt

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    Thanks for the reply. It's been a long winter and they have not been venturing out of the run so feather picking makes sense to me.
     
  4. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    My girls first year, all but one had naked behinds. I examined, found nothing, but treated them all ( had dust all over me too). And then discovered it was picking all along. Should have guessed the fluffy one was the picker. This year molt and all are fluffy.

    Just keep a watch for pests to be sure and if it is picking you will see likely witness it and know who are to blame. They are unlikely to pick when humans are around, I have only witnessed it from afar. There is a long running thread on breaking it, but no one really has an answer. I did double our coop/run space and it helped.

    If you don't have entertainment, get a flock block. Check out the threads on keeping them busy.
     

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