FEATHER LOSS mid back

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by johny, Mar 7, 2011.

  1. johny

    johny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Why are some of my hens losing feathers on their mid backs just in front of the tail.

    They look healthy and are laying lots of eggs.
    There are nine hens and one rooster cooped up for the winter in an 8x8 coop with an 8 foot roosting bar.

    I’ve watched for a while but have not seen the rooster mount any hens lately. But he used to do it frequently when they were outside in the run. But in winter they don’t go out. When I am in the coop they are more interested in me than each other.

    Several hens have no feather loss and the rooster is fine too.

    What does this look like?
    Rooster damage?
    Disease?

    When can I expect to see it grow back?

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  2. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

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    Rooster damage. Try getting hen saddles so the feathers can grow back.
     
  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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  4. johny

    johny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is still cold winter in Northern Ontario.
    Frost bite is still a real risk on extra cold nights.
    If no more feather loss occurs, when could I expect to see it grow back?
    They are 10 months old
     
  5. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    The rooster likes THEM best. [​IMG]

    Get 'em some hen saver shawls, aprons, saddles, whatever you wish to call 'em. They will help them stay warm while their feathers grow back.

    My Buffy wore hers for four months.
     
  6. Chickengal505

    Chickengal505 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. johny

    johny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK
    Rooster damage seems to be the answer.

    The easy solution is chicken/rooster soup but...
    Where do I find hen saddles?

    Also, once winter is over and they go outside again, they'll have way more space to run around in.
    Will that reduce the frequency and damage from rooster mounting?

    I really want to keep the rooster, just because he looks good and truely, I like his crowing.

    So what are chances that the hens grow back their feathers when spring comes and they can go out to the run again?
     
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  8. WallTenters

    WallTenters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They will grow them in, and if they get more room they may stand a better chance. If it's a space issue that will solve it. It could also be that there aren't enough hens for that roo or that he's just more aggressive.

    You might find yourself wanting a different morning crowing if he keeps it up [​IMG]. Roosters are pretty easy to come by in early summer [​IMG]
     
  9. Goodjai

    Goodjai New Egg

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    Did your issue end up being rooster related? We're experiencing the same problem. It started with one hen and now there's 4 hens with bare spots on their back. Our hens are 7 mos old and we don't have a rooster.
     
  10. johny

    johny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes it was the rooster.
    But hens will do it too.
    My hens all regrew feather after their fall molt.
    But one hen molted much later than the other five.
    The others pecked at her pin feathers so much that she still has scrappy patches with no feathers.
     

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