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feather loss

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by beeman1, Apr 2, 2009.

  1. beeman1

    beeman1 Hatching

    Apr 2, 2009
    My young chickens are losing their feathers, mainly near their wings and along their sternum -abdominal region. I'm new with keeping chickens, but it might be mites. I looked, but did not see any. Maybe mites are too small to see with the naked eye. These chicks are 4-6 weeks old, maybe older. Also, any way to get rid of coyotes....traps or poisons?

  2. chilling in muscadine

    chilling in muscadine { I love being disfunctual }

    Jun 8, 2008
    muscadine, al.
    I would say your birds are molting but I don't know if they would molt so young so are your chicks getting pecked by other chickens and losing feathers?

    Coyotes-12 gauge shotgun. I would be afraid to use poison, wouldn't want anything to get harmed.
  3. beeman1

    beeman1 Hatching

    Apr 2, 2009
    My chicks are about the same age. I do not see them pecking each other, but they do like to jump at each other...like their cock fighting each other. It could be a period of molting. I don't know if you can mites on chickens like I can with my bees.
  4. CityChook

    CityChook Songster

    Apr 9, 2008
    Minneapolis, MN
    My Coop
    Check their vent area after dark. Mites come out at night.

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