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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by beautifulbirds, Nov 10, 2008.

  1. I have a black bantam orpington hen, currently in lay, who has lost a lot of her body and back feathers. Is this a mite or lice problem or is it a nutrition problem. I have dusted her and wormed her, what else should I be doing? Any thoughts, comments etc., greatly appreciated. Thanks very much.
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Is she moulting perhaps?
  3. Colored Egg Farmer

    Colored Egg Farmer Chicken overload

    It says your from New Zealand right? What is the weather been like and light times? Do they have any artificial light
  4. DTchickens

    DTchickens Crowing

    Mar 23, 2008
    Bailey, Mississippi.
    feather loss problems-Roosters that are rough, or over breed the hens, Lice/mites (this also causes the birds to get weak, and sickly), never heard of worms causing feather loss. but i suppose its possible, molting, and occasionally.. Stress

  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    My guess is it is an annual moult or roo damage since it's end of season so to say. Unless you see bugs, or have a fecal sample testing positive for worms, you probably don't have to treat for anything and will just have to wait.
  6. Hi there, thanks very much for your replies. We are officially in Spring time here, the weather is actually ideal at this time of year; not too hot and not too cold. She started out with whispy fluff at the base of her tail (which I have noted with another hen and a rooster) and I didn't take too much notice and then suddenly no back feathers and when I lifted her off the roost to check more thoroughly she is missing a LOT of body and back feathers, so I was concerned and wondering if it is an infestation or food issue. I do not feed pellets or mash. I feed good wholesome food, and they free range every day with fresh water. Tonight they will get rice, greens and fish. They have free choice corn and wheat, oyster grit and I am wondering if there is anything else I should be doing? Just sprayed their roost again.
  7. No artificial light, I try to keep things as natural as possible. Not a big bunch of hens, all friendly (in the main) and there doesn't seem to be any squabbling etc., plenty of food.
  8. Colored Egg Farmer

    Colored Egg Farmer Chicken overload

    Since its spring that usually rules out a molt. It is probably bugs but have you seen any other chicken picking on it and pulling out feathers?
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2008
  9. Do you mean pulling out their own feathers or picking the orpington's out?
  10. Colored Egg Farmer

    Colored Egg Farmer Chicken overload

    It could be both. My chickens usually go right for the back tail feathers mostly but I have seen them peck at the neck sides.

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