Missing feathers. Help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by abbikings, May 1, 2017.

  1. abbikings

    abbikings New Egg

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    One of my silky bantam hens, about a year and a half old, has been losing feathers on her mid back and wings. Of my six hens, she is the only one exhibiting any feather loss. I have not seen her being picked on, but I have seen her preening her feathers around that spot on her back once in a while. We don't have a rooster. I used DE around the coop, but like I said, none of the other birds have any issues. I don't necessarily think it is a pest. Is this nutritional? I provide meal worms as treats, and they have a complete layer feed. She is a bit runty, so perhaps she's not had as much access to meal worm treats. It looks terrible, and after a couple weeks does not seem to be getting better. Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks
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  2. CityKidChickens

    CityKidChickens Out Of The Brooder

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    she could be molting but other than that I don't know
     
  3. two j farm

    two j farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would say over mating but you said you don't have a rooster. So I'm not sure hope you find out.
     
  4. pinknblackchaos

    pinknblackchaos Out Of The Brooder

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    Just because you dont see picking doesnt mean its not happening. All except one of my hens has spots on their backs similar to this. I think the one with nice full feathers is picking at the rest. You just seem to have one chicken that is the victim.
     

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