missing feathers on head

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by aitchbe, Oct 28, 2008.

  1. aitchbe

    aitchbe Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 4, 2008
    two of my Rhode Island Reds have feathers missing from their heads, behind their combs. are they being pecked by the other girls?
  2. chickenlady

    chickenlady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 28, 2007
    Stillwater, NJ
    Sounds like it. They will continue unless you do something about it like separating or putting something on it. I have not had to do that but people on here talk about blu cote, I think that is what it is. maybe someone will come along and verify that. It is just a spray that puts a coating on there to help the healing process and protect the injured area.
  3. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    do you have a roo?
  4. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2007
    Sounds like they are being PECKED by a roo. [​IMG]
  5. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I agree it's probably a roo.
  6. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    Yup roos will grab the top of the hens head/or neck area to mate her. Could be the culprit also. I would watch a while...I bet you will spot what's going on in a short time.
  7. mtngirl

    mtngirl Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 21, 2008
    We had the same problems. Our white leghorns were eating the other ones feathers, then our roo had blood and we had to keep him in a crate for a little. Don't worry they WILL get better![​IMG]
  8. aitchbe

    aitchbe Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 4, 2008
    It's been a while since I've checked on these postings! No I don't have a rooster. Just the four girls. I haven't caught them pecking each other, but couldn't think of any other cause. Now they have a full line of missing feathers at the back of their heads. Do chickens get any diseases that cause loss of feathers?
  9. aitchbe

    aitchbe Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 4, 2008
    i just did a quick search of the site and found the postings suggesting Blue-Kote for pecking and injuries. I've ordered some of that and hope it works. They'll look funny with blue stripes on their heads!
  10. denise70

    denise70 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 15, 2010
    Meaford, ON
    I just found this old thread - I am having the same problem and I have just four hens. Everything was fine until a couple of weeks ago. Since then I have been trying to be diligent about letting them out in the morning.

    They have two roosts - one is often alone on the one roost and three are on another to sleep. It isn't always the "bottom" hen either. Sometimes the top hen sleeps by herself on the other roost.

    They have a lot of run space but I can't let them out in our yard unattended anymore because some dogs have seen the chickens and come into our yard. Plus, last summer they all started flying over the fence to our neighbour's yummier garden. Their run space is 7x13 plus 4x8.

    I admit it hasn't been as fun out there until recently because the snow kept them more often in their covered 4x8 run. I did shovel their other run out nearly daily.

    They can now scratch and dust bathe etc. since the weather is warming up nicely.

    The lowest hen has almost no feathers on the back of her head but she is doesn't have any bleeding so I hesitate putting anything on there. Seems like most of the pecking is related to feeding.

    I am wondering if the following might help:
    A second feeder (the three often hog the one feeder which does have four holes, but of course they don't share nicely)
    More "activities" for them to do (like pecking activities - cabbage etc.)
    Switching from pellets to crumbles or something?

    Thanks for any advice!

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