Molting or mites

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by 4chix, May 23, 2011.

  1. 4chix

    4chix Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 3 hens and one rooster. The three hens all appear to be losing feathers above their tail feathers. The rooster doesn't appear to be losing any feathers.
    Could it be mites or are they just molting. They hens are laying fine and they have lots of room to roam freely.
     
  2. Cloverleaf Farm

    Cloverleaf Farm Bearded Birds are Best

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    The rooster is ripping the feathers out / breaking them when he is mating the hens. You can get aprons for the hens to protect their backs from the rooster. [​IMG]
     

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