My hen is rapidly losing feathers from her rear end.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Bonzii7, Feb 10, 2011.

  1. Bonzii7

    Bonzii7 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm a new chicken owner and one of my girls is rapidly losing feathers from her rear end. I'm finding them where she sleeps and where she rolls around in the grass mostly. Other than that she has no other symtoms. We do have several feral roosters around. Could this possibly be from vigorous mating? I have not seen any of my hens beating up on her. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks

    Jill
     
  2. Cloverleaf Farm

    Cloverleaf Farm Bearded Birds are Best

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    She's probably either moulting or has lice. Check the base of the feathers for a gray squishy (like foam) substance, these are the egg sacs if it's lice. If it's on her "rear end" it's not from mating. Feather loss from mating is on their backs just before their tail. [​IMG]
     

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