Found some feathers missing on some of my chickens - wondering if I have a bully . . .

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by vweers, Nov 13, 2015.

  1. vweers

    vweers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One chicken has a pretty large patch missing and the others are just around the neck area. My chickens are only 8 months so didn't think they would molt this year. Any ideas . . . Here are a few photos:

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    Her's look like they have been broken off.

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    This is the one I am the most concerned about.
     
  2. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I do not think this is the result of a bully; feathers are missing in areas not normally plucked by a bully. I see many pin feathers/new feathers growing in on all but the black hen in the last picture. So whatever happened was a while ago. Check for parasites. Your chickens appear healthy. Since feathers are growing in I would not worry overly much. Do keep an eye on them.
     
  3. vweers

    vweers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I looked at her but didn't see anything parasite wise. What do you suggest for this? First time chicken owner so not sure - I use DM in their coop. I have poultry protector spray too. I will keep an eye on her. or rather them all.
     
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    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    What are you feeding?
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