Help Me, Balding Heads

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by lilmsholiday, Apr 2, 2008.

  1. lilmsholiday

    lilmsholiday New Egg

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    Some of my chickens are losing feathers on their heads, is this part of the moulting process? Could it they be mites, i checked them and didnt see any bugs.......please help! I am a newbee!
     
  2. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Do you have a roo? Roosters grab onto the hen's head during the mating process. If not, check for mites, fleas or lice. You can lift up feathers and look on their skin and on the feather shaft to see if they do.
    If you suspect mites, fleas, or lice, let us know and we can walk you through the process of eliminating them.
     
  3. Cabe

    Cabe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My husband must be getting Mites.[​IMG]
     
  4. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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  5. lilmsholiday

    lilmsholiday New Egg

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    :DNo I dont have a roo. I didnt see any bugs. Should I treat them anyway?
     
  6. OurLittleFarm

    OurLittleFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    Mine too! Must be an epidemic.
     
  7. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Quote:Sure, treat them anyway. They could be molting, but treating them with Poultry Dust won't hurt.
    You can find Poultry Dust at the feed store. The directions are on the container. Dust them really well and make sure they have an area to dust bathe in. That is their natural defense against bugs.
     
  8. lilmsholiday

    lilmsholiday New Egg

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    Thank you so much for your help, I will give it a try.

    Oh and my husband had mites for along time........by the time we caught it .......well..it was to late. LOL
     
  9. Pistonman

    Pistonman Out Of The Brooder

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    My girls are not that nice to the last two hens in the pecking order. The back/sides of their heads are a little thin on feathers.
     
  10. lilmsholiday

    lilmsholiday New Egg

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    Ok, I just wanted to update my findings. I was able to catch about six of my chickens and check for bugs. Nothing, not a one. So I sat outside with them for a few hours(finally a nice day in Minnesota) to observe them. I think a few of my hens are having gender issues. They, 3 of them, are mounting the other birds like, you know, and pulling all their feathers out! Has anyone else had this problem? How do I get them to stop?
     

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