Loss of feathers~!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Brian461, Jul 16, 2008.

  1. Brian461

    Brian461 Out Of The Brooder

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    My chicken is loosing its feathers on its back near it's tail, What can cause this to happen.
     
  2. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southern Maine
    Mo(u?)lting. Soon you will have a run full of feathers.

    Or it might be that the other chickens are pecking her, that's what happened to our little Rita... she doesn't seem too fazed, gets a little sunburned but otherwise OK. We've tried EVERYTHING (in the pic you can see some BluKote) but nothing worked. She's still an awesome layer and she's otherwise OK, so we just keep an eye on her.
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    ^ does it look like that?
     
  3. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    Overmating. Do you have a roo? Or more then one roo?
     
  4. Brian461

    Brian461 Out Of The Brooder

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    I bought her looking like that, i had 2 that looked the same. I've owned her for about a month now but does not look any better. I have one rooster.
     
  5. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southern Maine
    Do you have any idea if these chickens were at the bottom of the pecking order? That may be the cause of the feather picking.

    Hangin, you could be right. A hen may also do this, though- we don't have a roo, and look at poor Reety.
     
  6. firem3

    firem3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    are the roos mounting your hens? if so they are most likely doing it. put them in a coop by themselves and give them a good source protein to eat if its moulting they still need the protein.
     

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