My 3 hens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by erin11, Jan 1, 2017.

  1. erin11

    erin11 New Egg

    Jan 1, 2017
    Hi. I'm Erin and new to having chickens. I have one little buff orphington and two Easter Eggers that just started Laying this past month. Today I discovered my one Easter egger is losing feathers around her vent and don't know what to do. Any help is appreciated! [​IMG]
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join us here! Has she had trouble pooping as in the poop getting stuck on the feathers around her vent? It could also be a case of feather pecking from other birds. Have you checked her for lice? Lice do tend to cause them irritation and they can over preen trying to rid themselves of these. Does she seem ok otherwise, eating and drinking ok?

    Good luck with her and enjoy your time here on BYC :frow
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings, Erin, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined our flock! Hope your hen is okay. Best wishes and thanks for joining BYC!! [​IMG]
  4. erin11

    erin11 New Egg

    Jan 1, 2017
    I didn't notice any bugs but am going to check her better this afternoon. I'm going to buy stuff for a dust bath/mite bath tomorrow for all three of them and clean out their coop really good. I'm just shocked that bugs would be out in this cold weather and we clean our coop every weekend so it's not like it's dirty or moist in there. Someone also suggested batthing her in epsom salt
  5. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under erin11 [​IMG] Welcome!

    Yorkshire Coop has given you some great starting points and I hope that you are able to work out the reason for the feather loss.

    I also hope you enjoy BYC. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun. Unlike non chicken loving friends, family and colleagues, BYC’ers never tire of stories or pictures that feature our feathered and non feathered friends [​IMG]
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    If lice/mites are on your hen, they would be quite warm on her body.
  7. N F C

    N F C home again! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Hi Erin, thanks for joining us!

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