Hen pulling feathers

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by plfreitag, Apr 13, 2008.

  1. plfreitag

    plfreitag Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all:

    I have a Black Star hen who seems to be pulling her feathers out...I don't see any of my other birds being mean to her, but she is half bald now and I don't know why. I went in the coop this morning and there were probably 20 feathers from this hen on the floor. Some are pulled out down to the shaft; others aren't. She's still laying and acting fine...no cowering, no diarrhea, no indication at all that she's sick.

    I'm at a loss. Does anyone have any ideas? [​IMG]

    Trisha the confused in MO
     
  2. Kitty&Eva

    Kitty&Eva Out Of The Brooder

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    could she have mites? still don't know if that would make her pull out her own feathers though.
    i've heard there's bitter stuff you can spray to prevent pecking ... i don't have any experience though- good luck!
     
  3. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Where is she pulling from?
    If it's from her belly, she may be trying to go broody.
     
  4. plfreitag

    plfreitag Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh yeah, it's all over her belly. She's been at it since January a little at a time. She's almost naked on her tummy.
     

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