feather loss

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

  1. beeman1

    beeman1 New Egg

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    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?
    Thanks,
    James
     
  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 New Egg

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Check their vent area after dark. Mites come out at night.
     

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