Help! Missing feathers and sore skin

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by city kid farm, Mar 12, 2011.

  1. city kid farm

    city kid farm Chirping

    Apr 17, 2010
    One of my five chickens (a GLW) is missing feathers on her belly/underside leading up to her vent. The skin looks sore and raw. She's happy and eating and acting normal, but it looks awful. It's been a hard, long first winter for the birds and they've spent a lot of time in the coop. That said the rest of the birds all look fine.

    Any ideas what this might be? Can I do anything to help her skin?
  2. Has she been spending a lot of time in the nest box? Can she be picking her feathers out to line a nest? Other than that, i would suspect lice or mites. You may want to treat your flock as a precautionary measure. Lice are easy to see, but i have a hard time seeing mites.

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