Loosing Feathers

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by RisingSun, Mar 5, 2013.

  1. RisingSun

    RisingSun Out Of The Brooder

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    One of my hens has always had a 'bare' spot around her bottom, but recently some of my other hens have been loosing their feathers around their bums too...
    Anyone know why this might be happening?
    Thanks so much,
    Denise
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Usually this is from others pulling and eating feathers. The two most common causes are too little protein in the diet and too little space / boredom. You should also check them for lice / mites.

    From our FAQ page:

    My chickens are pecking/eating each other's feathers:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=34705
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=31291
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=36139
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=30486

    Also

    http://ohioline.osu.edu/vme-fact/0018.html
     

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