Missing feathers

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Countrycluckers, Aug 15, 2013.

  1. Countrycluckers

    Countrycluckers New Egg

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    Hey all,

    I am new to the BYC community and I am still learning my way around....slowly but surely!! :) I don't get to spend a lot of time on here like I want to so it will probably be a slow process for me to learn!! Just be patient with me and I will do my best to figure this out!! :0) Anyways, I enjoy my chickens and have had them for about a year now. I don't know everything I need to know about them and knew I was get plenty of help from BYC about the do's and don'ts of raising chickens. I am learning as I go and have made some mistakes but I am trying to get better!!

    I have a couple of hens that are missing feathers on their backs and I don't know what is causing this. I didn't know if this is coming from some of the others pulling them out, breeding, mites, lice, disease, deficiencies or what? Could anyone let me know what is causing this and how to put a stop to it. I don't really have a vet in my area that deals with farm animals and I do the best I can. Any suggestions or help would be appreciated!! :0)

    Thank you and I am happy to be here!!!! :0)
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us! First of all, here's some tutorials and explanations on how things work here, how to do things, etc:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/faq

    The missing feathers could be from an over-attentive rooster. Seeing it's on their backs. But I can't tell you for sure, without having seen them. Another cause for feather loss is molting. If you haven't already, dust them for mites as a precaution and keep an eye on them for any signs of bullying behaviour. If you have a rooster causing the bald spots you may need to remove him from the hens for awhile, to give them a chance to regrow those feathers or, if it's not practical and they are at risk of getting injured you can put them in hen saddles to give them some protection. Free pattern and pics here:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/424354/free-chicken-apron-saddle-pattern

    Enjoy the site!
     
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2013
  3. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! This time of year chickens are moulting (losing feathers and re-growing new feathers) but it wouldn't hurt to check for mites etc. Good luck to you.
     
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Howdy from Kansas, countrycluckers, and [​IMG]! Great to have you with us! Looks like sumi and liz9910 gave you some great advice so I'll just say good luck to you!
     
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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  6. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG]there are also sellers on BYC (everything else for sale-section) that make hen aprons to protect their back from further rooster abuse. It also will help them regrow their feathers without other birds yanking them out.
     
  8. Countrycluckers

    Countrycluckers New Egg

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    Thanks everyone for the welcomes and the info!!

    I was wondering if they do have mites, what is the best thing to use for getting rid of those?

    Thanks again and sorry it takes so long to respond but like I said I don't get to get on here a lot. It is a hit and miss type thing!! :0)
     
  9. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Sevin dust or permethrin are both good, though sevin is the best of the 2.
     
  10. Countrycluckers

    Countrycluckers New Egg

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    Ok, thanks!! Is DE any good for something like that?
     

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