Does ANYONE know what's happening?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Peytons Poultry, Dec 27, 2014.

  1. Peytons Poultry

    Peytons Poultry Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG] So five of my hens now have a choppy bald spot in the same area on their backs. I've checked for mites and found nothing. I have no idea what's causing this. Could it be a predator? None of the chickens are bleeding, have feathers pulled from the roots or are dead, and it seems strange it's in the same place on all the birds. Help?
     
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Do you have a rooster (or roosters) in the flock?
     
  3. Peytons Poultry

    Peytons Poultry Out Of The Brooder

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    No, just hens
     
  4. khill1982

    khill1982 Out Of The Brooder

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    Is it time for them to moult? Or, have you noticed them picking at each other or themselves?
     
  5. Peytons Poultry

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    Nope, all the chickens have molted for the year. I have noticed no picking, and I'm outside with them a lot. The feathers are very clean cut, which is strange
     
  6. Cluckies

    Cluckies Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    I would say either they are molting, or they are feather picking each other. You need to watch them and see if they are picking each other, if not, then most likely they are molting.
     
  7. Cluckies

    Cluckies Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    posted same time... then that is really weird if they have already molted [​IMG] and they are not picking each other.
     
  8. Peytons Poultry

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    Yes it's very strange... I'm going to keep it monitored
     
  9. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    Hi there [​IMG]

    It does sound like a strange one. Sounds like roosters; molting, feather picking and parasites have been ruled out which leaves me with one thought which may be stating the obvious ... have there been any changes to their surroundings recently?

    Has a door become slightly smaller and they may be catching their feathers on it?
    Are they young and still in the growing stage, maybe gotten a bit bigger and something rubbing on them above the roost etc?
    Do they free range? Is there possibly a new, low lying branch they have started to run under?

    Just throwing a repetitive contact line of thinking out there [​IMG]
     
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  10. Cluckies

    Cluckies Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Great thinking, that never even occurred to me! now to wait for the response of Peytons poultrey [​IMG]
     
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