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Feather loss

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by NathanielJS, Jan 2, 2016.

  1. NathanielJS

    NathanielJS Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello. I have six city hens, and they molted as normal in the autumn, but now two of them have lost large numbers of feathers. One has a completely bare neck and the other a large bald spot in the hollow behind the neck. I've looked for mites/lice by checking their faces (where I saw them the last time we had them) but didn't see any. What could be the cause of this?

    I have a video showing the feather loss, but I had trouble uploading it.
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Are you sure these two molted when the others did or could they be molting now.
     
  3. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    Now's about a photo of both birds.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Good question.

    Also look around their vents(butts) and under wings for bugs.
     
  5. NathanielJS

    NathanielJS Out Of The Brooder

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    One of them molted with the others and never grew back her feathers, the other molted, regrew, and now is losing them again. I tried to get pictures but my camera can't take a fast enough exposure to stop them from being so blurry that you can't see anything. My chickens like to move :)

    As I said, I took a video, but I'm having trouble uploading it. I tried using photobucket, but it wouldn't work, so I'll try a different hosting site.
     
  6. mechanic57

    mechanic57 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Throw some scratch on the ground and get some photos while they are standing their eating.
     
  7. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Continue with external parasite investigation. Pictures still needed. What have you been feeding the birds? What temperatures are the birds facing?
     
  8. NathanielJS

    NathanielJS Out Of The Brooder

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    Here's the video, sadly the upload compression seems to have lowered the quality, and it won't imbed:


    I feed them layer pellets, cracked corn, and table scraps.
    Temperatures got down below freezing today for the first time this year.
     
  9. hayley3

    hayley3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Link didn't work for me.
     
  10. NathanielJS

    NathanielJS Out Of The Brooder

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    sorry, fixed it.
     

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