Hen lost back Feathers

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by frogman, Sep 25, 2016.

  1. frogman

    frogman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have one hen who our roo was a little ruff with last summer. She lost all her feathers on her rump. After getting rid of the roo I put a saddle on her but every time I try to take it off she pecks at herself. She is absolutely bare on her rump. Will I ever be able to remove the saddle?? Would bluekoat work to help stop her picking at herself??
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicks are a-hatching Premium Member

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    She should be going through a molt soon if she hasn't already started. How is she pecking at herself? External parasites can get out of control under those saddles. And it can interfere with feathers regrowing. I would remove it and let her be, unless she's pecking herself bloody. Her skin probably feels weird when you take it off, which can make them scratch a bit.
     
  3. frogman

    frogman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No parasites - she just turns around and picks when it's red - which picking causes - and she picks more. Thanks!
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Post a pic of birds bare back?
     

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