missing feathers on back---no roosters

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by farrider387, Mar 14, 2008.

  1. farrider387

    farrider387 Hatching

    Jan 28, 2007
    I have 8 pullets- 4 barred rocks and 4 reds. No roosters-never had any. Four of my birds have bald spots at base of tail. Fairly large-the size of a man's hand. I treat the spots often. This has persisted for 8 mos. I believe one of the reds is dominating and eating feathers. Problem is I don't know which one. Am I right in my guess and if so what can I do ? They get black sunflower seeds every day mixed in with their scratch.
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2008
  2. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    If they are eating the feathers, it could be a case of being low in Methione (needed to make feathers) or protein. You can use black oil sunflower seed (with shells is fine, just no salt).

    It could also be your dominate hen. When you don't have a rooster you can end up with your dominate hen acting like a rooster. She will probably stop laying too. The only way I know to break that is getting a rooster.

    Good luck!
  3. redwa

    redwa Songster

    Aug 9, 2007
    Possible external parasites/mites?

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