I'm not sure what is going on... Help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by MontanaMomma, Jul 23, 2010.

  1. MontanaMomma

    MontanaMomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have five Leghorn hens. Earlier this spring I think four of them molted. There were feathers everywhere and they looked rather scruffy. However, their egg laying did not slow. Since then, the four have all had no feathers on their necks! Is this normal?? MOre importantly, today I noticed one of them doesn't have any feathers on her butt, and it looks funny. These are two different issues and I'm more worried about the hen with no feathers on her butt. [​IMG]
     
  2. SmittenChicken

    SmittenChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have a rooster?
     
  3. MontanaMomma

    MontanaMomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pictures (if I did this right...)
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  4. MontanaMomma

    MontanaMomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't have a rooster. My hens get along pretty well, except for an occasional peck over food.
     
  5. megcpat

    megcpat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, roosters are horrible on the hen's feathers. Could well be the cause behind your hens' scruffiness. On to the behind issue..... look very very closely at the skin on her rump - part feathers and look for any lice or mites scattering to find cover, that could be the issue there.
     
  6. megcpat

    megcpat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, hang on, you posted pics while I was typing. hmmm, let me look.
     
  7. megcpat

    megcpat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    O.K. New theory - could it be the hens pulling out each other's feathers? Sort of looks like that to me. Or, it still could be something to do with lice, mites, louse, etc..... Take a good look for creepy crawlies.
     
  8. MontanaMomma

    MontanaMomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I considered the hens picking on each other too, but they get along fine and I've never seen any feather pulling. I suppose they could be doing it at night or something... How long does it usually take for molted feathers to grow back?? However, I think the hen with the bald hiney might be pulling her own out. Any ideas why she might be doing that (other than bugs)?? I will check for bugs. I've noticed local birds hanging out around their enclosure looking for scraps.
     

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