My hens are losing feathers at the base of their tail

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by crabby chickens, Sep 24, 2012.

  1. crabby chickens

    crabby chickens Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 21, 2012
    Paso Robles, CA
    Our hens are 23 weeks old and have been laying for the last 3 weeks. They have a coop and an outside run. They look really healthy and happy, but 4 days ago a few of them have lost all of the large feathers on their backs at the base of their tails. We don't see them pecking at each other. Is this molting? parasites? mites?
  2. JerseyGiantfolk

    JerseyGiantfolk Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 12, 2012
    It's that time of the year for molting. Check them for bugs next time you go out, it's good to check a few times a month. Check for any place coons/other critters could reach in and pluck a few feathers out too.

    Good luck.
  3. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2011
    Foothills of NC
    Molting will not occur until late summer after they turn 1 year old. Your girls have an overly loving rooster or they are pecking each other. Almost always, feather loss on the low back is from too much mating. Consider placing hen aprons/saddles on your girls.

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