Feathers missing

georgiapumpkin

Chirping
Apr 27, 2020
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I just started noticing that some but not all of my hens feathers towards their back near the tail are starting to thin IMG_20210113_121541455.jpg IMG_20210113_121524231.jpg IMG_20210113_121541455.jpg IMG_20210113_121541455.jpg IMG_20210113_121418363.jpg out. It's not all of them though. I can't tell if it's pecking or something else. Here are a few pictures. Can anyone maybe give me some advice on what might be the problem?
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jwehl

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most likely just from your roos mounting them. the ones with more features missing are more liked by the males.

you may also see neck feathers start to disappear as well.

as long as theres a sufficient hen:roo ratio and no ones bleeding, I'd let it be, but you can also purchase or make a hen saddle which basically covers that area and protects the feathers from being accidentally pulled out.
 

georgiapumpkin

Chirping
Apr 27, 2020
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Tennessee
most likely just from your roos mounting them. the ones with more features missing are more liked by the males.

you may also see neck feathers start to disappear as well.

as long as theres a sufficient hen:roo ratio and no ones bleeding, I'd let it be, but you can also purchase or make a hen saddle which basically covers that area and protects the feathers from being accidentally pulled out.
Aww poor babies ☹
I have 13 hens and 2 rooster's.
I was wondering if it could have been that also.
Thank you 😊
 

georgiapumpkin

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Apr 27, 2020
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if your hens have lots of space and things to hide under to avoid being mated, then they're probably submitting to being mated and are fine. :)
I do have a covered platform for them to run under when they may feel threatened. Maybe I should put some other things out.
Thank you ☺
 

jwehl

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I personally would just keep an eye out and make sure no one ends up bleeding because that can lead to others pecking at it & cannibalism, but I had a girl worse than what I'm seeing in your pics and she turned out fine. I was also concerned with sunburn since she had a bald spot & its skin that isnt normally exposed (not sure if relevant, just instinct), but mine have a lot of cover so that didnt seem to be an issue either. If someone does end up being the favorite, it might be worth the peace of mind of putting a hen saddle on her. Ive been told theres a tutorial online with minimal sewing skill.
 

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