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Loosing Feathers?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Peregryphon, Nov 20, 2015.

  1. Peregryphon

    Peregryphon New Egg

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    One of my young birds (six weeks old) has a partially bare patch on her neck. I don't know why. Is it mites? cannibalism? Is it normal? How concerned should I be? None of her siblings have this problem.
    (These chicks have several different breeds in them. Their mother is silkie/ameraucana, and their father is unknown.)
    They don't like getting their picture taken so the images are not the best, sorry.
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  2. Peregryphon

    Peregryphon New Egg

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    It appears to be cannibalism. I caught one of the others pecking her there. No signs of mites. Any recommendations?
     
    Last edited: Nov 20, 2015
  3. junebuggena

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    It's called feather picking, and it is usually caused by either too little protein or overcrowding stress.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Yes.....or both.
     
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