Hens Back Feathers Gone - PICS -

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by JohnHenry, Aug 21, 2011.

  1. JohnHenry

    JohnHenry Out Of The Brooder

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    The back on one of my 5 hens is looking real bad. Her feathers are falling out and she has red sores. I don't have any roosters and she has had sparse feathers ever since I got her in February. She also doesn't seem terrible sick or lethargic.

    Any ideas?

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  2. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Have you checked her for lice or mites? When was the last time you dusted them?
     
  3. JohnHenry

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    I didnt see any critters like lice or mites but the are some darker spots on the skin that I thought might be a bug. I have never dusted any of my hens, I was worried about dusting her with an open wound.

    Thanks for responding with advice.
     
  4. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    She also could be molting. How old is your hen?

    You also may have some feather picking going on. Your hens may be picking her feathers.
     
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  5. JohnHenry

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    I thought a molt as well but she has been that way since Feb and they each lay and egg almost every day. I havent seen them pecking at her back, when the top lady gets mad she pecks them on the head. I was wondering if it was a disese.
     

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