Hens with feathers missing on their backs, though it was from the roo

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Milliemay, Jul 18, 2010.

  1. Milliemay

    Milliemay Songster

    May 5, 2009
    Southwest Wisconsin
    I have some hens that are missing feathers on their backs. We thought it was from our roo, but he has been gone (RIP Roy, you big meany!) for a few months now. It is mainly on their backs, they are healthy otherwise, no signs of parasites, etc. thought they were molting, but they never went any farther than the feathers on the back. Maybe it has to do with the pecking order?? Thanks in advance, and if I posted in the wrong spot, sorry, didn't think it was an emergency.....
  2. NHchicks

    NHchicks Songster

    May 13, 2010
    I have a hen like that too! A RIR. We just got rid of the rooster, so we'll see if the feathers grow back, but I have noticed blotches for quite a while now, and not just where a rooster would peck. It could have been him, but I've thought maybe she had a skin condition. There are no bald spots, just whitish areas where it looks like the feathers have been thinned or something. She's the only one of the 4 hens who has blotches.

    Anxious to see replies to your post.
  3. helloroe

    helloroe Songster

    Jul 16, 2009
    Cetral FL
    Does it look like new plucking area?

    I have some older hens I rescued that have that and once they were being fed they put on weight and feathered nicely except for areas on their backs. I thought of it as scar tissue due to the roos really tore them up, that feathers could not grow back on. Maybe I have been wrong all this time.
  4. Milliemay

    Milliemay Songster

    May 5, 2009
    Southwest Wisconsin
    Hmmmm, anyone else have any ideas? It is in the same spot on my hens, and not all the hens have it, must be from the roo, they must have been his choice girls .......

    Interested to see if anyone else has any answers, thanks in advance!
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    If it is damage from the rooster, they will regrow feathers when they molt.
  6. henney penny

    henney penny Songster

    Nov 21, 2009
    Northern Maine
    My rooster has been gone for months now and some of the back and wing feathers have not grown back but will grow back after they molt
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2010
  7. Maureen&chickens

    Maureen&chickens Songster

    Jul 25, 2009
    I have a similar problem, roos were re-homed in June and 2 of the 4 hens are missing sections of feathers on their backs and one a lot on her neck. Any treats/feed we can give them to foster feather growth?
  8. Mervin

    Mervin Songster

    Jan 25, 2010
    Central Pennsyltucky
    I'm not sure, but I think one of my BR hens may have had a bad reaction to permethrin-base poultry dust. She had the feathers off her back within a few days of treatment. I cleaned her up and kept her coated with Blue-Kote until it healed. About the time her wounds started looking pretty good, I treated them again. The next day she was all torn up again. I've stopped using the dust for now and she looks great.
  9. 100AcreFarm

    100AcreFarm In the Brooder

    Jun 20, 2009
    I was coming here to complain about the same thing! One of my BA hens is missing all her feathers on her back. We don't have a roo and the rest of the girls are just fine. I first thought it was from the neighbors roo but he's been gone for a couple months now and she's not any better. Perfectly happy and healthy though other than her bald spot. If it's from pecking then maybe a saddle would be helpful?? Or something?? [​IMG]

    It gets darn cold here in the winter and I've told her this has to stop or she'll be a very unhappy lady in a few months!

    So, I'm [​IMG] with interest!

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