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New owner just 6 months..first issue with a hen...need advice

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ButtersMama, Sep 17, 2011.

  1. ButtersMama

    ButtersMama Chirping

    Feb 28, 2011
    one of my 5 hens have something wrong. I noticed feathers looking fluffy right at the base of the tale feathers. Now today I notice that she has lost many feathers and her skin is bare about size of a half dollar bill. It has many dotted specs. I did not get a good close look. Anyone know what this is? My hens are almost 7 months old. The others look ok. Is this mites?

  2. csummer8882

    csummer8882 Songster

    Apr 20, 2011
    Rockingham County, NH
    I am new as well but it could be the start of moulting maybe. Just an idea as I am new to this since April so I am not positive. Hope someone else chimes in......Good luck!
  3. ruby

    ruby Songster

    Apr 10, 2008
    Gold Hill, Alabama
    if it's mites or chicken lice look around their vent after dark with a flashlight..... report etc....[​IMG]
  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    If you see dotted specs it sounds like mites. Here is a helpful website:

    is how I apply powder to my birds:
    I line a cardboard box with a large plastic bag to catch the excess powder.
    I put a chicken in, so they are lying on their backs and hold them by the feet.
    Then I take a tied-off sock or stocking with the powder in it and powder-puff them under the wings, by the vent and everywhere except the face.
    Take shower afterward, wear long sleeves, wear mask, etc.!

    Repeat in 10 days otherwise it'll happen all over again.
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2011

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