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Feather loss????

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by MichelleH69, Oct 23, 2012.

  1. MichelleH69

    MichelleH69 New Egg

    Oct 23, 2012
    I my girls have been loosing there feathers.. i thought it was just molting... but today while on my deck i seen feathers and it looks like dry skin flakes... is this a mite??? or something worse?? and yes all chickens seem to have it ..[​IMG]
  2. cbenson6820

    cbenson6820 Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 3, 2011
    pick up a chicken and check the vent area and under the wings for mites. Mites usually look reddish like a flea or white. If you see mites dust them with some poultry dust or spray them with some pyrethrin or permethrin spray.
  3. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    Those flakes are the keratin sheaths flaking off on newly emerging feathers. Perfectly normal and expected. You wouldn't likely see mites in broad daylight. Mites tend to be an after dark thing.

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