Help...Hens losing feathers.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by KMoss1121, Apr 18, 2017.

  1. KMoss1121

    KMoss1121 New Egg

    Apr 18, 2017
    Chesapeake, VA
    I have 4 hens and they recently all started losing feathers around their tail feathers, some are worse than others and 2 are missing feathers on their underside by their butts. We have no roosters (100% positive), should be getting enough protein, and I haven't noticed them picking at each other. Each girl is laying everyday and aren't acting funny. I don't think its molting, not the season (I don't think). Maybe mites? we use a powder in their coop for mites and lice and clean it often. Any ideas or suggestions of what may be going on??? I'm worried. I apologize, the pictures aren't great but I couldn't get them to sit still for a good picture.

  2. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under KMoss1121 [​IMG] Welcome!

    Sorry, I am not really able to tell by the images what is going on but I do not think I can see any pin feathers and agree that it might not be moulting.

    I recommend posting some pictures on the ER Forum; the folks there sure do know there stuff and should be able to help out:

    Good luck!

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    You might want to also pop in and say hello on your local thread: ‘Find your State’s thread.

    If you would like to share pictures and stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out [​IMG]
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2017
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, KMoss, and [​IMG]! Great to have you in our community! Teila gave you some great links to explore so I'll just say best wishes and thanks for joining BYC!! [​IMG]
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice and links already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    DO you have one bird with all feathers intact? If so, that is probably the feather plucker. If not, I would examine them very closely for lice/mites. One of your birds does seem to show "rooster" damage on her back.

    Do you have a suspected "rooster" lurking in the flock?

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