In the Brooder
- Mar 24, 2012
My old english game rooster has feather loss top of legs and under wings and belly, otherwise he is perfectly healthy, how can I treat this.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps020I have an equal mix of white leghorns & rhode island reds. 9 of each, & someone recently donated me the rooster from HELL! He keeps law & order in the coop & pen. He is the meanest **** rooster we've ever seen. I think he CREATED the term ATTACK rooster! He has attacked & drawn blood on me on several (too many) occasions. My problem, or the leghorns problem is loss of wholsale feathers to necks, backs, tails & other places. This looks terrible. It is NOT because of the attack rooster. They started doing this prior to Mr Roo moving in. It started mid winter & is still going on. I gave up the molting idea months ago. At 1st, I thought water deficiency? Nope! Feed, or lack of? Nope! Summer/winter heat/? Nope!
What's left? Even thier yolks have gotten so they hardly hold thier shape. The yolk color is fine, but a very soft/mushy sort of thing. I feed lay pellets, scratch, & boss in addition to table leftovers. This has been happening since winter & only to the leghorns. The reds seem fine- It also started happening to Mr attack roo after he moved in, but only around his neck. I cannot blame him therefore. I keep the coop as clean as possible, the outer pen was just cleaned, & I have styarted free ranging, hoping anything will help. They all appear energetic & healthy other than the loss of feathers. Anyone make anything out of this? I listed every possible thing I could think of. Hope this helps someone w/the same headache. (except for the ATTACK Roo!! He will attack for no reason, even when he's approached through the wire cage. Anytime my hens see me, they act like I'm the pied piper. They mob me for goodies. HELP!
yea i know how you feel i posted 3 1/2 hours ago that my hen was sick and not a single soul responded with any help and just a few minutes ago she died in my arms !!!!! people had time to post about other stuff because my comment got pushed way down the list !! sorry if im ranting but this was my baby !!!! i only had her for about 4 months !!!!!!