Help! the feathers are flying!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by frankenchick, Jul 6, 2007.

  1. frankenchick

    frankenchick Songster

    Apr 20, 2007
    Benton Twp., Michigan
    What is wrong with my girls and boys?! Today when I came home, there were feathers everywhere in the pen and just about everyone has some bare spots :eek: I have had the older girls on layer mash for 2 days -- are they not getting enough protein, or something? Are they PMS-ing? Is the neighbor dog freaking them out by coming over and pooping in their coop? [she's in lockdown for that].

    Should I paint everyone with wound-kote?
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2007
  2. frankenchick

    frankenchick Songster

    Apr 20, 2007
    Benton Twp., Michigan
    Bianca's down to ONE tail feather!!
  3. seedcorn

    seedcorn Songster

    Apr 25, 2007
    NE. IN
    check for parasites? Unless they are moulting but I wouldn't think they would be this time of year.......
  4. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    You said the dog was getting in the coop......and pooing. Is there a chance the dog is plucking them? Why is the dog allowed in the coop? I definately would keep the dog out.....put some wound coat on them, and check for mites.
  5. akcskye

    akcskye Songster

    Apr 11, 2007
    Another thing to consider, is that you say 'what's wrong with my girls and boys'?

    So, I take it that you have Roo's, too?

    If so, is there a possibility that there are some "turf wars" going on, and everyone is involved?

    I only ask that because Billy, my roo, did bald some of my ladies at the base of their tails when he'd mount them...

    I know my example is not turf wars...but it's something to consider.
  6. AK-Bird-brain

    AK-Bird-brain I gots Duckies!

    May 7, 2007
    Sterling, Alaska
    could also be that their cramped up and cranky. try hanging a head of cabage about 18 inches off the ground in their run. if their bored this will give them something to be besides pick on each other.

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