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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by coutrychick2013, Feb 15, 2013.

  1. coutrychick2013

    coutrychick2013 New Egg

    Jan 22, 2013
    Hi I am new to this forum I have 20 hens and 1 rooster all of them burdock chicken I have about 10 of the hens that don't have fathers around there tails what cause this.
  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Two things come to mind right away: over-mating causes the hens to lose feathers on their backs and necks, or perhaps they have mites and your hens have picked at them so much they've lost feathers arrant their vents.

    Is the feather loss on their backs or around their vents?
  3. missnu01

    missnu01 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 16, 2012
    With 20 hens and 1 roo it surely isn't because of overmating...but it very well could be mites, or lice. So give them a check, or just douse everyone with sevin dust just to be sure...it's up to you.
    I have 7 hens and 3 roos and no bald spots, or scratched up hens...so....check for bugs.
  4. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]
  5. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greeting from Kansas and [​IMG]! Happy you joined our community! Right now I have 20 birds.
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC. My guess is that the fully feathered hens in the flock are feather plucking/eating.

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