missing tail feathers

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by herbsherbsflowers, Aug 13, 2011.

  1. herbsherbsflowers

    herbsherbsflowers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my young olive egger pullets has lost some of her feathers so that there is a bare patch on her tail. I haven't seen any of the others picking on her and she seems healthy; she is not lethargic or anything. Does anyone know what might be causing that?
     
  2. cubalaya

    cubalaya Overrun With Chickens

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    is there a rooster in with them?
     
  3. herbsherbsflowers

    herbsherbsflowers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not one that is apparently a rooster. They are all supposed to be pullets. I've had them a week. There are 8 chickens, 3 ameraucaunas, 3 french wheaton marans and 2 olive eggers. This is one of the olive eggers. I just noticed it last night. She is behaving fine and is active and no one seems to be picking on her. Not sure what is going on.
     
  4. Achickenwrangler#1

    Achickenwrangler#1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It only takes a few seconds to yank those feathers out, somebody is picking on her, besides, chickens KNOW when you're watching them....little brats:plbb
     
  5. Pinky

    Pinky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She could be molting.
     
  6. ChickenAl

    ChickenAl Diagnosis...Chicken-Headed

    Jun 5, 2011
    Putnam cty, NY
    One of ours had a similar thing happen with just the long feathers and they started to grow back after a couple of weeks. Could also be a deficiency in the diet. Our other chickens were losing feathers (found feathers in the coop and run a lot) but were not noticeably balding. We switched their feed and it stopped. Feather production requires more protein. Also, check for mites and pests.
     
  7. herbsherbsflowers

    herbsherbsflowers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm going to get some diatomaceous earth to spread in the run to see if that helps if it is some kind of lice or something. They are still pretty skiddish of us and we are not very spry anymore, so I am diagnosing from a distance. I keep trying to offer them treats to gain their trust, but they are suspicious of that. It will just take time. Hopefully it will resolve itself as some of you have mentioned. I'll keep watching to see what happens.

    Carol
     
  8. ChickenAl

    ChickenAl Diagnosis...Chicken-Headed

    Jun 5, 2011
    Putnam cty, NY
    Carol,

    DE is good thing to put down in the coop and run. We've used it since they went into the coop. We also use a spray on the chickens and bedding called Poultry Protector. It is a natural enzyme spray that kills mites, lice and fleas.

    Good luck. I am sure you will have a full feathered chicken in no time.


    Al
     
  9. hennyannie

    hennyannie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2011
    North Carolina
    I have a similar problem with some young roos I have. I have seperated them from their sisters, because I believe my ducks to be the culprits
    They don't mind the pullets but seemed to hate the roos and I have seen them chase after them.
     

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