Help! Hen ripping out own feathers

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Jerri85, Oct 13, 2014.

  1. Jerri85

    Jerri85 In the Brooder

    Aug 28, 2014
    Flora IL
    Can someone please help me? My bantam hen about 6 months old has started pulling out her feathers in her chest and she is bleeding all over the place, my rooster and other hen dont seem to be pecking her or bothering with it and i dont see any sign of mites, i just dont know how to treat and keep the wound covered... This sounds funny but i put a&d ointment bc its all i had and bandaids goin down her chest just bc i dont know what to do and its all i had on hand. Her comb is pale. Few weeks ago she lost her best friend due to a dog attack i dont know if this could be related but since she has been pullin the feathers out causing harm to herself this past few days she hasnt laid either. Any advice?
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Since she is a bantam, do you think a wide sock might fit her? Pull it as far down her neck as you can - be certain it isn't too tight. This may keep her from reaching her chest. It's possible she could be ripping feathers because she is upset. I know parrots do that. Maybe putting some Blu Kote on her chest would help too - it has a bad taste and will camouflage her raw spots. When the other chickens see red/blood, wounds they will really peck at her. Chickens get weird like sharks and can resort to cannibalism - so supervise as much as you can. Or remove her to a separate area to heal.

    You could also get her pinless peepers - so she doesn't maul herself so much. She could have an allergy to something that is making her feather peck in can be a physical cause as well as emotional.

    Please post her symptoms in detail at "emergencies, diseases, injuries, cures," thread for some fresh opinions.
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  3. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Sorry about your bantam. drumstick diva gave you some good suggestions. You might also want to post a picture of the wound/bird in the Emergencies forum to help people see what is going on.
  4. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

    Drumstick Diva's given some good advice.
  6. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    I'm sorry to hear about your hen. X4 on drumstick diva's advice.

    Good luck with her!
  7. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Drumstick Diva has given you some great advice. You might put a ticking clock in the coop. Or play some quiet music during the day. I have had great luck with stressed out birds and using a ticking clock 24/7. Seems to calm their nerves. I hope you can get her back to a good mental state soon. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2014
  8. liz9910

    liz9910 Crowing

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
  9. Jerri85

    Jerri85 In the Brooder

    Aug 28, 2014
    Flora IL
    Thankyou to everyone for the great advice!!! Believe it or
    Mot the a&d ointment and bandaids seemed to have helped. I know how it sounds but atleasst she couldnt peck for a lil bit and then today the bandaids were hanging off but all the blood dried up and i put some neosporin on her and havent noticed anymore pecking so heres to hoping

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