No feathers on back

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by jnetster, Jul 20, 2009.

  1. jnetster

    jnetster New Egg

    Jul 5, 2008
    BC, Canada
    OK, I have tried everything... half of my flock have no feathers on their backs. Thinking they might have lice, I've dusted & sprayed the coop with melathione. Yes, the rooster is fairly vigorous...but not really that bad. I've got 18 hens to one rooster, so it's not overkill. Is there something I'm missing?? It's kindof embarrasing. It's not like they're mouling, unless they've Permanently moulted? I have never seen the like. Feedback would be great.
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    How big are his spurs? Have you trimmed them? Is he a really large roo?
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    Here's a site that discusses feather loss. You might see clues here that we would not know about.

    I think Ddawn is onto something asking about the rooster. Sometimes a rooster will pick favorites. Combine a large rooster, long spurs, a young and vigorous rooster, a rough technique, and favorites and you can develop problems even with a good hen rooster ratio.
  4. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    It sounds like he's only breeding half the flock to me. Which means 1 roo and 9 hens, so to speak. Might want to get some chicken saddles for the naked hens.

    Did you mean Malathion is what you used? Malathion is a toxic cholinesterase inhibitor and can cause severe damage to the nervous system in animals.
  5. feather leg farms

    feather leg farms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2009
    Salisbury, NC
    You can put some of the burn relief for sunburn. You can also put some alo plant on there.
  6. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Yes, saddles would be a good idea. Several people on here sell them, or you can make one with a scrap of fabric and a pair of scissors. Here is how (scroll way down:)

    I read very recently a recommendation from, I think, dlhunicorn, not to put creams and ointments on bare backs to treat or prevent sunburn. When I worked in the Keys, we would see some nasty dermatitis at times, on people who had gotten sunburned, then had a bad reaction from the medicine they had put on the sunburn, so I was not surprised.

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