help! why are my hens losing their feathers around their bottom?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by gatorgirl, Jan 1, 2009.

  1. gatorgirl

    gatorgirl New Egg

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    we have no rooster, just 15 hens. Most of our leggerns (6) are losing their feathers on their "rear end". We have suspected mites, but they seem to be fine. Still eating and laying eggs. Any advice would be appreciated!
     
  2. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

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    [​IMG] I'm not sure though...
     
  3. willkatdawson

    willkatdawson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    bump
     
  4. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

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    Welcome! What made you suspect mites? Have you checked their rears with a loupe after they've gone to roost? Any specific `sign'?
     
  5. mtnhomechick

    mtnhomechick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How old are they.........could they be molting?
     
  6. gatorgirl

    gatorgirl New Egg

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    My girls are 10months old - I was guessing about mites due to reading previous stories posted here.....haven't looked for them but will do today. I was curious about their nesting boxes also, if mites will live in them and how often should I change the shavings that are in there. I also suspected moulting but on two particular leghorns, I haven't seen any new feathers coming, just bare pink bottoms!
     
  7. omelette'smom

    omelette'smom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if you look under "predator and pests" and see post for "help 2 chickens died today" and read what was said than it will tell u to use sevin dust and diamatacious earth for mites due to feather loss on their rears. check out the conversation! need to do this maybe to help out your flock!
     
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Mine always get bare bums when molting. And I have several still in the middle of their molt.
     
  9. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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    My first group of hens that are 1 year did not have bare bottoms but now my second group that just reached a year all have bare bottoms now.

    Henry
     
  10. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

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    Welcome to BYC. I agree with Speckled Hen, some of mine do the same when molting.
     

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