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Missing feathers on belly

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by photo chick, Jul 1, 2011.

  1. photo chick

    photo chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lately I have been finding small fluffy feathers in the nesting box. Quite a few of them. Yesterday as my son was picking up a chicken I realized that at least 2 of my chickens are missing a LOT of feathers on their bellies. They look like a plucked chicken under there. There is no sign of pecking. The skin is not under distress or bloodied. What could be causing this? Will they grow back?
     
  2. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    Quote:could be molting or they are getting ready to go broody!!! Most of my broody girls have nekkid breasts when they are getting ready to go broody-thier skin touches the eggs to keep them warm to incubate:) and yes they do grow back if thats the case. In the mean time-check for lice and mites-especially near the vent.
     
  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Quote:could be molting or they are getting ready to go broody!!! Most of my broody girls have nekkid breasts when they are getting ready to go broody-thier skin touches the eggs to keep them warm to incubate:) and yes they do grow back if thats the case. In the mean time-check for lice and mites-especially near the vent.

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  4. photo chick

    photo chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They don't seem to spend a lot of time in the nesting boxes. Isn't this what broody hens will do? What exactly do I look for when I'm looking for mites and lice (eww). I have no idea what they look like. Are they both visiable to the eye?
     
  5. schellie69

    schellie69 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 8, 2009
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    My 1st thought was they are getting ready to go broody or are broody do these 2 sit on the nest all the time. I would think you might have a couple of broody hens on your hands. I would check for lice/mites just to be safe. But the 2 hens I had that had no feathers on their underside where broody. Good luck.
     
  6. mdbokc

    mdbokc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have the same thing occasionally. no mites or lice. Just happens. The feathers grew back.
     
  7. photo chick

    photo chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also...I didn't mention....they squawk and cluck A LOT. Sometimes from the coop and sometimes just randomly while they are free ranging. They are so loud that I thought we might as well have gotten roosters. I can't figure out what they are carrying on about. We have 2 identical Australorpes (sp) that do this. I'm not sure if it's just one or both of them at different times.
     
  8. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    Quote:Flip the birds on their backs and gently pull tail back to expose their vents-look all around the vent and near feathers-look closely! If you see crawly bugs you got bugs! [​IMG]
     

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