Losing Feathers?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Porterfive, May 18, 2009.

  1. Porterfive

    Porterfive Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 12, 2007
    Collinsville, MS
    A lot of my chickens are losing their feathers. They are missing from their faces and others from their backs and wings.
    We only have hens in the run so no roos to be pulling them out.
    I am wondering if it might be a parasite? They are due for a dusting which we do about 3 times a year but have never seen a feather issue like this before.
    Thank you for any help or suggestions anyone has.
    Jennifer Porter.
  2. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2009
    have they gone thru a complete molt in the last yr?
    that is what it sounds like to me

    they need to NOT have any corm just the protein crumble layer feed
    are they laying okay?

    they could use the
    wet mash probiotic to help them get new feathers

    ***give the chickens after cleaning and spraying the coop this

    ***2 tbsp of ACV in a gallon of water

    ***also some feed it to all chickens
    wet mash probiotic
    1 qt of dry crumbles
    1/4 cup of yoguart
    1-1/2 qt of milk any kind
    mix good and feed each adult chicken 3 tbsp of wet mash probiotic

    In case it is mites or lice do this

    *****I also would take a look at the chicken house and see if any of the building has split boards or knot holes as the mites live there and feed on the birds

    thus you can paint the spots of the building with

    1 qt of kerosene
    1 qt of mineral oil
    with paint brush apply to the roosts and knot holes and cracks in the boards

    also clean the bedding out of the building and put seven 5% on the floor before putting the beding in

    The wet mash probiotic will build up their systems as the mites and lice have depleted their blood system a lot

    also will help new feather growing
    the reason to not feed any corn is that laying feed's most ingredient is corn
    so do not feed extra corn to deminish the protein level

    any other question just email me PM

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