Micro Mites or what?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by elaines03, Nov 15, 2015.

  1. elaines03

    elaines03 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2014



    Several of my girls have raw looking bottoms and chest areas. And the tail feathers are almost gone and gone completely on few. We've checked for mites/lice on them and in the coop but did not see anything. I've put DE on them and in the coop. I've attached a few pictures. Does anyone have any ideas what's going on. I saw one thread talking about "micro" or "depluming" mites and wonder if this is what is happening. The barred rock has no tail feathers and my Easter eggs don't either but they don't have raw spots either. Any ideas?
  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Regular mites do not cause feather loss except in extreme cases and depluming mites are rare. This looks like pretty classic featherpicking, which is a mild form of cannibalism. You need to apply Pick-No-More or a similar anti-picking lotion. If you can determine who is doing the picking, put her in segregation for a week or so and then do a hard reintroduction (basically just throw her back into the yard afterwards). Featherpicking can result from boredom, protein deficiency, or crowding, among other issues. You may want to switch your flock to a grower feed for the time being and take a look at your flock's housing to see if that may be the issue.
  3. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2013
    Midwest America
    Welcome to the BYC flock! We are glad you joined us!

  4. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Alright [​IMG] great to have you joining the BYC flock [​IMG]

    Looks more like feather plucking to me sometimes chickens will do that to each other [​IMG]
  5. Frindizzle

    Frindizzle Guitar Girl <3 Premium Member

    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]
  6. N F C

    N F C More coffee please! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Thanks for joining us!
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I think Queen Misha hit the nail on the head - you've got a real feather plucker amongst your hens. I would take his advice.
  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  9. Peep_Show

    Peep_Show Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 14, 2010
    Corrales, NM
    Feather-plucking can be awful for birds on the nest and those on the roosts where they are most vulnerable. Some ways to abate the situation is to up the protein intake of your feed (i.e., cut down on chicken snacks and feed lots of high-protein meal worms) and, if you can figure out who the plucker is, perhaps peepers. If you have any "No Pik" solution, start slathering... Otherwise the pink skin will invite more pecking and if blood is drawn, well, then you've got a real problem.

    I had a hen that looked positively mothy with all the short stubble. Unfortunately, had to wait for molting to occur for her to look normal again.
  10. Peep_Show

    Peep_Show Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 14, 2010
    Corrales, NM
    Of course, it could be you have big-time molting going on. In either event, more protein would help with feather regeneration, too.

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