Hens losing rear/vent feathers

nychicks

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I have five hens and one rooster. I noticed today that the hens are losing their feathers/fluff around their vent. They are also a bit red around their vent. I noticed it on two of them because it is pretty bad (don't know how i didn't realize it before) and then after examining the others, they all seem to be losing feathers in the same area. I don't think the rooster is having the same problems..however he won't let me pick him up without a fight.....

They have been in the coop more than usual this week as I have not been home as usual. They are usually free ranging most of the day. However, they are been locked in their coop for hours at a time this week


I looked at their rear for mites/lice and didn't see anything crawling.

Could they be picking feathers out of boredom from being locked up too much?

Could the rooster be mating too much?

Should I treat it like it may be mites/lice?

Any info. would be greatly appreciated!
 

DuckLady

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It could be any of the things you mentioned. I would lean toward little critters and would dust them all.
 

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