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Feathers Being Eaten - Mite?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Billy83, Nov 12, 2015.

  1. Billy83

    Billy83 Hatching

    Nov 12, 2015
    Hi everyone,
    I'm at my wits end with this problem which has now spread to a number of birds. Basically something is eating away the feathers in dead-straight lines just as if you've taken a pair of scissors and cut a chunk out. Some feathers are worse than others but its now visible from a distance, especially on wing feathers.

    I've added a photo - could this be some sort of mite? I treated the birds with a general louse / mite powder which didn't have any effect. I got some Frontline and gave them two sprays to some bare skin at the back of the neck but this hasn't worked either.


    If anyone has some information that would be great,

  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    That looks like physical damage from another bird to me. My roosters sometimes get chunks like that taken out of their tails during brief squabbles. If that is the case with your birds, the solution is to separate them individually (or into small groups that get along) or remove any obvious bully(s).

    If it is mites (still a slight possibility), your frontline and powder should be taking care of it.
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2015

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