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No feathers on her butt/back

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by accoladryn, May 28, 2017.

  1. accoladryn

    accoladryn Out Of The Brooder

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    I have several pullets who have picked the feathers off their back/tail area. I have assumed it's parasites, and put some DE where they dust bathe... but it's hard to tell if the problem is fixed? I saw one with a little drop of blood, like she'd picked at a feather again, but couldn't figure out if it was because of new feathers coming in or remaining parasites, or something else entirely. I don't see any bugs on them, but I might not know what I'm looking for. TIA!

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  2. Poultrybreeder

    Poultrybreeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    this usually means that they are crowded out and have begun eating feathers as a result, put vaseline on the areas they are pecking to help it heal and make their feathers taste bad to others chicks. Also try giving them more space
     
  3. accoladryn

    accoladryn Out Of The Brooder

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    They have a good amount of space, but they were in a brooder before this and maybe stayed there a bit too long. Needed to introduce them to my older ladies and was nervous about them getting picked on, so I probably procrastinated longer than I should :( thanks for the info, I'll put some salve on the area that could help.
     
  4. Poultrybreeder

    Poultrybreeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    no problem, I hope they stop the eating each other's feathers for you :fl
     
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