is this molting or mites?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by maf2008, Oct 11, 2009.

  1. maf2008

    maf2008 Songster

    Feb 19, 2009
    Is this molting or mites? (yes they stopped laying!) Some of my hens are losing feathers on back and their legs. (I think the roosters are the culprit!)

    The other hens are NOT losing feathers- those that have lost feathers have a "red sunburned back" no spots or sores and pin feathers coming in.....

    Should I remove the roosters. the run is mostly dirt/pvc pipe and wire. the nests are even made out of plastic tubs.

    Also, only a few hens have "small black spots" on their combs....
    None of them are itching or scratching more than normal.

    I looked and can't find anything here.... Does this sound like mites? please help! Thanks
  2. Bantimna

    Bantimna Songster

    Sep 29, 2009
    South Africa
    First I thought it was moulting but now I think it is the roo's. It might be both [​IMG]
  3. Yup, I think both. The feathers are comming out easily as the hens are mated, because of the moult, providing they are old enough to moult. the red skin is nothing to be concerned about, it`s from exposure and is not permanent or painfull.......Pop
  4. DukeDawg528

    DukeDawg528 Songster

    Feb 11, 2009
    SouthEastern Kentucky
    It sounds like it might be the roosters...I would remove the roosters if you are not getting any eggs so the hens can grow there feathers back nicely... [​IMG]

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