New Member needing help

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by dlapka582, Nov 9, 2016.

  1. dlapka582

    dlapka582 New Egg

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    Hi everybody!

    I have five hens, four Americaunas and one White Leghorn. The White Leghorn is the only that is fully feathered. The others have no tail feathers and are, to varying extent, lacking body feathers. Their yard is 32-ft x 12-ft and has two separate roosting and laying coops. We've dusted them several times for lice and mites. We've tried the "feather foods", as well. Any suggestions?
     
  2. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Overrun With Chickens

    Hello, and welcome to BYC! It might be that the White Leghorn is the dominate hen, and could be pulling the feathers out of your Americaunas.
     
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  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Could it be that some are molting?
     
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  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas and :welcome! Great to have you in our community! I'm stumped on your missing feathers situation. :idunno. Hope someone chimes in with ideas. Best wishes! :)
     
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  5. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful Premium Member

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    Been like that for a while? I agree, separate them.
     
  6. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

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    Hello there, and welcome to Backyard Chickens! If it is not parasites, I do wonder if its molting? Leghorns don't really have the temperament, or size to be dominate, and Leghorns are such hardcore layers that they don't have as hard molts, just IMO. :confused:
     
  7. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC - thanks for joining us. Dominance and feather pecking are not related. Could it be that your leghorn is young and hence not going through moult, while your remaining flock are over a year old?

    I agree that separating the leghorn would at least confirm if she is responsible for the feather pecking. If she is, its a behavioural displacement issue (and not related to nutritional deficiencies, assuming you a feeding a proprietary food), but cross that bridge when, and if you come to it (i.e. post again and we will try and give some advice).

    Let us know how things turn out.

    Best wishes
    CT
     
  8. N F C

    N F C just blowing in the wind Premium Member Project Manager

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    Thanks for joining us, it's nice to have you here!
     
  9. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Queen of the Coop Premium Member

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    Hello[​IMG]and Welcome to BYC!
     
  10. RodNTN

    RodNTN Following Jesus

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    Hi and [​IMG] I am glad you joined us, I think it is molting. Since a few of my hens are molting right now, and when they molt they are BARE! Especially my Light Brahma, she is just now getting her tail feathers back, and a lot of her body feathers are gone. A few weeks ago one of my Easter Egger hens was the same. If your feeding them "feather foods", or "feather fixers", I would say they should regrow their feathers sometime soon. I hope you enjoy BYC and best wishes! [​IMG]
     

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