Many hens have bare backs, lost feathers

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by mpguay, Jul 31, 2014.

  1. mpguay

    mpguay Songster

    Apr 27, 2011

    Hello friends!
    Hoping for some advice or observations on this problem:

    In May, I had a flock of 25 hens and one very large roo. A few (3-4 out of 19) of my hens have missing feathers on their backs.
    The one in the pic is the worst. Her other feathers are normal. Vent looks fine. Eyes bright.
    I never witnessed any harrassing. All hens are otherwise very healthy: eating drinking, good poos, laying eggs.

    I assumed it was the roo, and since I didnt need fertilized eggs, I sent him to the crock pot.
    That was 2 months ago. My hens still have bare backs. It has NOT gotten better, possibly worse. I examined a couple for mites.
    They look very clean. No blood, no scabs, just no feathers.

    These girls have free range in my 1/2 acre garden. I make them fresh sprouts. They are pampered.
    Do hens pick on each other to this extent?

    I did not see this in my last flock. A molt does not look like that does it? The molts Ive seen have been more sporatic, not concentrated on the back.

    Last edited: Aug 1, 2014
  2. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Crowing

    Jan 27, 2014
    Central Oregon
    Pics, please.
  3. Sugartree11

    Sugartree11 In the Brooder

    Dec 28, 2013
    North Central Florida
    IM not sure if this is what is going on in your flock, but I recently got a hen from a local farmer that has no feather on her back from her rooster. She was popular

    It took her FOREVER to get those feathers back. And when she finally did, it was during a molt. She would start to grow small feathers, but the other girls would pick them out again. So I hardly ever saw growth. But when she molted a few months ago, she got all her feathers back.
  4. mpguay

    mpguay Songster

    Apr 27, 2011
    thank you Sugartree! that makes sense. She hasnt gone through a molt since she lost those feathers. So i will wait and see.

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