featherless

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by scarecrow570, Jul 13, 2010.

  1. scarecrow570

    scarecrow570 New Egg

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    I have 5 hens that have lost feathers (bald on there behind) including the 10yr old rooster the only hen that won't let the rooster have his way is fine ,so should I assume this is a sexually transmitted disease ? A how can I correct the problem Thank you Barry
     
  2. mmaddie's mom

    mmaddie's mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    no clue [​IMG]
     
  3. mmaddie's mom

    mmaddie's mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Anyone have any ideas here?
     
  4. Reinbeau

    Reinbeau The Teapot Underground Premium Member

    No, it isn't a sexually transmitted disease - but it is because the rooster is treading their feathers off when mating with them. Get him more hens or get rid of him are the two solutions available to you - but he may still have a 'favorite' who will always have wear and tear like that.
     
  5. GREG2815

    GREG2815 New Egg

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    I have the same problem, almost all hens are bareback and the rooster has most all tail feathers gone, this has gone on for months now. I use pine shavings and diatamateous earth (food grade) in their coop, they wander around the yard and dust themselves weekly, so I dont think its bugs. I may just have to get rid of the rooster and see what happens.[​IMG]
     
  6. Dora'smom

    Dora'smom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can buy an apron for any hens that are missing feathers on their backs and towards the rear part of their back. It annoys the hen initially, but really does help, and you probably will find regrowth of feathers underneath the apron within a week or two. There are a number of places that sell them online, and once you get one to make a pattern from, you may wish to make your own. It's not complicated if you like to do that sort of thing. Once there is significant feather loss from a hen, such as what you are describing, there may actually be damage to the skin as well. An apron could prevent that, if you wish to keep the rooster.[​IMG]
     
  7. amberroswell

    amberroswell Out Of The Brooder

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    it is from mating the rooster pulls out the feathers and they will grow back, you do not have to get rid of your rooster!
     
  8. scarecrow570

    scarecrow570 New Egg

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    It is not the rooster! I have had chickens for 30 yrs I know all about the rooster and what an abuser he can be ! the skin on the rooster and the hens is as smooth as the ones in the supermarket ,craig has the same problem ,
     

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