loss of feathers

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by micdav, May 27, 2008.

  1. micdav

    micdav New Egg

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    Hi. This is my first posting to this forum. I have 14 chickens, different breeds about a little over a year old. About half of my girls have lost their back feathers (the rooster is now gone)and their backs are raw looking. I thought they would get better but now they have lost feathers on their thighs and around the vents. A friend suggested treating them for mites. Your forum info seemed consistant with this. I have treated them twice with Sevin dust, cleaned the coop thoroughly but they aren't getting better. Any advice on what this could be? Michelle
     
  2. s6bee

    s6bee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you think they may be moulting? Why do you think it was mites.
     
  3. micdav

    micdav New Egg

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    A friend of mine who raises chickens thought that they may have mites. Since I am a new mom, I am not sure what moulting looks like! I uploaded a pic of my Rhode Island Red. As soon as I can figure how to insert into a post I will do so. When they moult do they generally lose feathers all over their bodies? Michelle
     
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    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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  5. micdav

    micdav New Egg

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    I posted a question last night about my chickens who have lost a lot of feathers and have raw skin. I am not sure if they are molting or have another problem. I have the pic attached now if anyone has any recommendations. The chickens are eating and laying fine. thanks![​IMG]
     

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