Hen with feathers missing on wings, won't grow back...looks painful..

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Wild Indigo, Dec 27, 2011.

  1. Wild Indigo

    Wild Indigo New Egg

    Dec 27, 2011
    Hi, I just joined this forum and am hoping someone may be able to shed some light on one of our hen's issue. We have 9 hens of mixed breeds and all seem to be rather healthy. One of our smaller White Plymouth mixes, Brie, has developed something on her wings that has lasted for a few weeks. At first we thought she was molting, like all the others did a few months back, but her feathers are not growing back and she isn't missing any other feathers. She acts fine, eats normally and seems like herself except for 2 painfully looking bald spots on each of her wings. I'm going to post pics and hope someone else has seen this before in their birds. I would like to be able to treat her soon, as its cold out and looks like it hurts.
  2. Wild Indigo

    Wild Indigo New Egg

    Dec 27, 2011
  3. Tracydr

    Tracydr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Welcome to BYC! Is somebody plucking her? Do you have a roo? Is her face and comb a healthy pink or is it pale?
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2011
  4. Wild Indigo

    Wild Indigo New Egg

    Dec 27, 2011
    We don't have a rooster and we haven't seen any of the other hens plucking her unless they're doing it at night in the coop...
  5. sherylreno

    sherylreno Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 13, 2011
    Reno, Nevada
    This looks like a protein/vitamin deficiency. I would increase her protein as fast as you can and her feathers should start to grow back once you do that.
  6. Wild Indigo

    Wild Indigo New Egg

    Dec 27, 2011
    Thanks! I'll get her some extra protein and we'll see what happens....[​IMG]
  7. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2011
    Foothills of NC
    The protein will help, but I believe she is being pecked by the others. It appears she is growing them back, but as they come in, the others are pecking them. Notice how the feather shafts remain but the body of the feather is gone? I vote she's being picked on.
  8. BamaSilkies

    BamaSilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 28, 2011
    NE Alabama
    Give her a spray of Blue Kote on those spots.
  9. ruffles

    ruffles Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 26, 2009
    Mites, or is she doing it to herself, some fowl do pull their feathers. Perhaps another hen is doing it or a rooster.

    My australop last spring went broody, she lost her feathers on wings, finally, this November after her first heavy moult feathers are growing back.

    Is she getting enough nutrients, meaning is she being bullied when she eats??

    There has to be someone with more experience in this group that can hellp

    I also found that the magazine BAckyard Poultry has a question and answer section, I had a problem last year, they answered almost immediately

    I subscribe, but, that does not make difference, perhaps they can help

    OH, try poultrypedia.com vet info

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