Gold Laced Wyandotte - Picking or "Slow Feather Grower"?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by tcp97b, Jan 23, 2010.

  1. tcp97b

    tcp97b Out Of The Brooder

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    One of my new group of ten has practically no feathers from her mid back to her tail. I've been watching her for picking signs (they all are picking a little), but it doesn't look like she is getting picked except for an occasional feather. Her back pin feathers also look like they coming in - just slowly. Tonight I went out and it seems like she is missing a few more tail feathers (it's almost bare - poor girl). I have Rooster Booster - Pick No More that I applied the other day - should I just apply every day and see what happens, or should I separate her until she gets it all grown in? She has a sister GLW that has all her back feathers as do all of the others.

    Here are pictures with her wings held up:

    Left side and back...
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    Back /Right Side.....
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    Thanks!
     
  2. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Is there a rooster in with them?

    I'd do a thorough pest check too just in case and check a few other birds.

    If you can separate her and the plucking stops you'll know if it's the roo or another hen...sometimes I just wish I had a coop cam! [​IMG]
     
  3. tcp97b

    tcp97b Out Of The Brooder

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    There is a Delaware Roo in there - he is the same age. I've watched and it seems like they all pick at each other, but I can't tell if it is just them getting the 'pecking order' set or not. This is my first time with chickens. I have looked them all over for any kind of bugs and can't see any - checked under their wings, at the base of feathers, etc.. but I also don't know what I would be looking for. I have seen fleas and ticks on dogs, along with aphids and other bugs on plants, so I think I would notice bugs unless they are really really small, or I don't know where to look. She is now in a 3'x2' cage in the coop with the other birds (They can't get to her to pick) I feel bad for her, but at least she can see and hear her friends. The roo is getting a new home this week. I live in town and don't want to upset any neighbors. Anyone know of a magic potion for fast feather growth?

    Ty
     

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