No back feathers

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by PittyLova, Sep 10, 2019.

  1. PittyLova

    PittyLova Songster

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    Has anybody had a chicken/roo that just doesn't grow the hard feathers? We have a Splash laced red Wyandotte and he has a few feathers on his back, but most of it is just the down feathers. He's been like this since I got him and I thought maybe he was molting and would grow his big boy feathers in. Nope. His tail is beautiful as is the rest of him. But nothing on his back. He doesn't get picked on by anybody and there's no sign of irritation on the skin. He gets a high protein feed (we've tried feather fixer but since moved to chicken and game feed because we have ducks, turkeys, and quail as well).
     
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  2. cmfarm

    cmfarm Crowing

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    How old?
     
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  3. PittyLova

    PittyLova Songster

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    He's about a year old now
     
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  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Did you get him as a chick and he's now ~12 months old?
    Post Pics Please.
     
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  5. PittyLova

    PittyLova Songster

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    We got him early this spring at about 5 months old. He was like this then as well. I'll try to get some pictures in a bit :)
     
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  6. PirateGirl

    PirateGirl Chicken Lover, Duck Therapist

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    Has he molted since your got him? Depending how/when feathers were lost he will not regrow any new feathers until the next molt.
     
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  7. PittyLova

    PittyLova Songster

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    Its not the best picture as he wouldnt stay still. But it shows his back. And now that I think of it I dont think he has molted since we've had him. Hopefully they grow back in!
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  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    He may just have weak/brittle/funky feathering.
    Any idea what breed or cross he is?
    He may molt this fall, that may clear it up....or not.


    Have you checked them over real well for mites and/or lice?

    Google images of lice/mites and their eggs before the inspection so you'll know what you're looking for.

    Part the feathers right down to the skin around vent, head/neck and under wings.

    Best done well after dark with a strong flashlight/headlight, easier to 'catch' bird and also to check for the mites that live in structure and only come out at night to feed off roosting birds.

    Wipe a white paper towel along the underside of roost to look for red smears(smashed well fed mites).
     
  9. PittyLova

    PittyLova Songster

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    He's a wyandotte and no signs of lice or mites. I treat regularly to make sure as well. Hopefully they grow back after a molt! I'm going to have to buy him a sweater
     
  10. boskelli1571

    boskelli1571 Crowing

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    If he free ranges, don't buy him a sweater - it just makes it easier for hawks to carry a chicken away :(
     

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