Feather Loss

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by LockettLadies, May 2, 2016.

  1. LockettLadies

    LockettLadies New Egg

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    I need some advise please. I have about 30 chickens all between 1-3 years old with the majority missing feathers on their back. I don't see any parasites but still added DE to their dust bath area with no effect. I tried applying peck no more with little improvement. I also have added more free choice calcium and it was eaten faster than normal but no change in feathers. Please advise.
     
  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Do you have roosters?
     
  3. LockettLadies

    LockettLadies New Egg

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    Yes, it started when I only had 2. It's been going on for several months.
     
  4. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    And is it only on the back area, above the tail, below the neck, and between the
    wings? Is there feather loss on the very back of the head, perhaps? How many cocks do you have currently?
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    What and how exactly are you feeding?
    Despite the cause of the feather loss, they likely won't grow back until they go thru a molt.
     
  6. LockettLadies

    LockettLadies New Egg

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    Yes the area is between the wings all the way to the tail.
    Currently have 3 roosters. Waiting for my husband to take care of 2 of them.
    I'm feeding them regular layer feed, free choice.
     
    Last edited: May 2, 2016
  7. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    There is a parasite called a feather or depluming mite that can result in almost total hen nakedness. This mite is kin to the scaly leg mite and like the scaly leg mite depluming mites are invisible to the human eye. These mites infest the feather follicles and shafts and can cause enough misery that hens pull their own feathers out to get releaf.
     
  8. LockettLadies

    LockettLadies New Egg

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    So what can be done about these mites?
     
  9. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Sounds like rooster wear. Not really typical for 3 cocks on 30 hens but certainly seems the most likely option. You'll need to remove some cocks or saddle the hens. The feathers will regrow during the hen's next molt.


    Depluming mites are extremely rare.
     
    Last edited: May 3, 2016
  10. DanEP

    DanEP Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd lean toward roosters too. Young roosters and competing roosters can be hard on the girls feathers.
     

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