Featherless

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Perplexed, Sep 22, 2012.

  1. Perplexed

    Perplexed New Egg

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    I have several hens that have had there feathers plucked off their backs by other hens. Some are worse than others and the odd one is hardly touched. I have been told it is a nutritional issue and they are missing something. Some say it is a pecking order. Has anyone experienced this before and what have you done to remedy the problem. It looks painful and uncomfortable and in the summer may not be as bad but with winter coming I am sure they will feel the cold.
     
  2. oegbantamsftw

    oegbantamsftw Out Of The Brooder

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    Its probably all three or at least one rooster mating best guess pecking order thing that cause this are chicken growing new feathers introducing new chickens f.y.i.chicken bully each other for the smallest reason last would be malnutrition least likely since i hope you are taking care of your chickens
     
  3. growyourbrew

    growyourbrew Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Agreed. Sounds like a pecking order issue. If you have a rooster, you'll find that some hens are mounted a lot more than others. I have hens on top of the pecking order that look pristine while others look really 'beat up'.
    Chicken saddles help with the problem by covering and protecting their backs. However, if there are raw open wounds, you might need to wash them and use some neosporn.
     

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