Missing Feathers on Backs

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by NHchickenflock, Aug 30, 2014.

  1. NHchickenflock

    NHchickenflock Out Of The Brooder

    72
    0
    41
    Aug 6, 2014
    Gilmanton NH
    We were recently given 12 chickens from a friend who was moving.
    When we picked them up I would say about 10 are missing tail feathers and feathers on their backs.
    I looked and did not see any lice or fleas.
    They were all kept together with about 10 others in a pretty small coop.
    What may cause this?
    Can it be passed to my other chickens?
    What will help the feathers grow back?

    Thanks in advanced! [​IMG]
     
  2. NHchickenflock

    NHchickenflock Out Of The Brooder

    72
    0
    41
    Aug 6, 2014
    Gilmanton NH
    [​IMG]
     
  3. cash money

    cash money Chillin' With My Peeps

    293
    6
    71
    Aug 20, 2014
    It is caused by being too crowded and chickens love blood if one is bleeding it will get pecked which backed it bleed more or they get to bored and just peck
     
  4. NHchickenflock

    NHchickenflock Out Of The Brooder

    72
    0
    41
    Aug 6, 2014
    Gilmanton NH
    Anything I can do to fix the problem?
    Our coop is much bigger so it shouldn't be a size issue now.
     
  5. cash money

    cash money Chillin' With My Peeps

    293
    6
    71
    Aug 20, 2014
    Keep there attention else where other than each other do you let them free range at all
     
  6. cash money

    cash money Chillin' With My Peeps

    293
    6
    71
    Aug 20, 2014
    Try and find ways to get there attention of each other and there fethers should be back in a couple of weeks
     
  7. NHchickenflock

    NHchickenflock Out Of The Brooder

    72
    0
    41
    Aug 6, 2014
    Gilmanton NH
    I wasn't sure if I could free range them yet as they were just moved into this coop at our house today.
    Anything else we can do?
    I was told something about a blue dye for their skin so the others don't notice as much.
     
  8. cash money

    cash money Chillin' With My Peeps

    293
    6
    71
    Aug 20, 2014
    I put that on there back and then a piece of duck tape so if the other chickens still peck they can't hit the new fethers the tape will come off in about 3 weeks
     
  9. cash money

    cash money Chillin' With My Peeps

    293
    6
    71
    Aug 20, 2014
    And when the tape comes off if there's a piece hanging take it of so the chickens don't get curious and pull at it which might cause more damage to the fethers
     
  10. NHchickenflock

    NHchickenflock Out Of The Brooder

    72
    0
    41
    Aug 6, 2014
    Gilmanton NH
    What is it? The dye?
    Where can we find it?
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by