Missing feathers

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by mstrickland96, Jul 22, 2016.

  1. mstrickland96

    mstrickland96 In the Brooder

    Jul 14, 2016
    Help please! We have 14 chickens right now, 13 hens and a rooster. Almost all of the hens have huge bald spots on their backs. Some of them you can see the bones on their wings. We are getting plenty of eggs still, and the eggs seem healthy. I just don't know what is causing it. [​IMG]
  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Enabler

    Sep 20, 2015
    Southern N.C. Mountains
    It looks like treading (mating) from your rooster. Some people use chicken saddles/hen aprons to protect the hen's back from the rooster nails. Roosters can cause quite a bit of damage, especially on their "favorite" hen.
    If any of them have broken skin/wounds, treat them with some plain neosporin, blue kote or vetericyn spray.

    Check them over for any signs of lice/mites just to make sure there is no problem there as well.
  3. Brookiejo

    Brookiejo In the Brooder

    Jul 21, 2016
    It's probably from the rooster getting on her. I have heard good things about chicken saddles.
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2016

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