Is she being picked on?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by longlegz86, Nov 8, 2012.

  1. longlegz86

    longlegz86 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My smaller of 4 Barred Rock hens seemed to have several feathers missing round her neck this morning. I am not sure if the others are picking on her because she is smaller or what. There is one BR that is alittle fiesty so I was wondering.........Could the bigger fiesty one be picking on her? This isn't the time for Molting is it? ......... Thanks

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    Last edited: Nov 8, 2012
  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    If your chickens are over a year old, molt is possible. It's also possible she could be picked on, you'll have to observe them. Crowding can cause picking/pecking. Inspect her for lice/mites as well.
     
  3. longlegz86

    longlegz86 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are very skiddish and I cant even pick them up. Ive only had them for a little over a week now. I have a 8X8X10' pen so its not crowding lol. She is smaller so I think they are messing with her but I cant say for sure. I hope its not lice/mites. How do I tell if I cant get close? [​IMG]
     
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  5. longlegz86

    longlegz86 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ive added pictures. Let me know what you think.........
     
  6. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Looks like a rooster has had his way with her.
     
  7. longlegz86

    longlegz86 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I HOPE SO! I WANT SOME DANG EGGS [​IMG]
     
  8. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    But I would do like dawg suggested, catch her at night and check her for injuries and/or mites/lice.
     
  9. longlegz86

    longlegz86 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Will do.. I just caught them all sitting together and they were being nice...so I think its probably the rooster thing. He needs to have his way with all of them bc im still not getting eggs yet. lol
     
  10. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    You don't need a rooster to get eggs. Your hen is still young, so give her time.
     

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