Chickens with bald backs / no feathers

dc0145a

Hatching
12 Years
Nov 29, 2007
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My laying flock, about 10 girls, have no feathers on their backs. One of the girls has quite a red back.

I recently got rid of 5 roosters that were doing a number on my poor girls. Could this be why they
have no feathers?

How do I get the feathers to regrow?

They are fed layer pellets and have fresh greens/weeds throughout the day. Fresh water
3x day with apple cider vinegar added.

I spray the coup 2x per week with Poultry Protector.
 

McGoo

Songster
12 Years
Sep 19, 2007
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10
196
Mid Hudson River Valley, NY
I have had this problem ... in particular with one of my gals. It has taken many months to even start the feathers growing back. I put an apron on her back to prevent sunburn, but the wings got it too!

Here's what I've done - I give them extra protein ... anything I've got, some eggs, leftover meat, sunflower seeds. And I use Avia charge in their water.

If would be great if you could keep them from laying, since that does deplete them of protein, but short of that, I'd give them lots of extra protein.

Good luck. If you don't have the aprons... search on this site, since there are a number of people who sell or make them... and I think someone created a pattern.
 

seminolewind

Flock Mistress
Premium Feather Member
13 Years
Sep 6, 2007
18,684
4,107
762
Corydon, Indiana
Hi, the cheapest way to go is duct tape. It just falls off every few days to a week , sometimes more, then you put some more on. Or get some saddles.
 

MissPrissy

Crowing
Premium Feather Member
12 Years
May 7, 2007
24,434
122
371
Forks, Virginia
Duct tape is a quick fix. My blue orp Bonnie is wearing duct tape right now. We went a couple days ago and she was starting to go bald thanks to Mosby. So far her duct tape saddle is in place and doing well.
 

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