feather plucking?or molting ?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by pawswhiskersnwings, Mar 7, 2012.

  1. pawswhiskersnwings

    pawswhiskersnwings In the Brooder

    Apr 16, 2011
    we have 8 hens and a roo. have had about a year now.I noticed about 4 weeks ago that the 4 red sexlinks were loosing their feathers on their backs and you can only see small white feathers on their backs, then yesterday i noticed the bannys necks and chests are almost bald. Whats this, molt or feather plucking? At first i thought it was from the roo on the girls backs,but now that the other girls necks and chests are bald im not sure. one other thing to mention the last couple months we have had some really cold nights, down to the teens and single digits so when it gets that cold we turn on the brooder light in the hen house to keep it from getting to cold for them.Did that cause this or should we not use the light when its cold. we have had a few people tell us they dont need it, but i dont want them to be to cold..

    thanks for any input.
  2. kudzu vine

    kudzu vine Songster

    Oct 4, 2008
    Olive Branch MS
    First, I use a light and I don't think that hurts at all. Second, feathers missing on back, neck and top of head most likely is the Roo. I have noticed some of mine are missing on chest, only visible if you lift their feathers. This is from sitting on their roost, their chest rubs the roost. What I would check for are mites and lice. You can see them crawling on the skin. I had a Roo recently that really began to look bad - feather loss. He had lice - so I dusted with Seven Dust and within a week he looked much better.

    When mine moult they don't loose feathers to the point of skin showing. I'd check for bugs
  3. thaokou21

    thaokou21 Songster

    Feb 1, 2009
    its molting. this is the time of the month for that to happen.

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