Not an emergency.. but need help.. bald necks/vents?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by texaspoontappa, Jun 26, 2019.

  1. texaspoontappa

    texaspoontappa In the Brooder

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    I have 5 black australorp hens, 2 Isa Brown hens, 1 white leghorn hen, and 1 amberlinks hen in my flock. 4 of my black australorp hens are missing feathers on their necks and butt area. It's been several months and I can start to see new feathers coming in, but do you think this is feather pecking? Why would it be just the 4 black ones and no one else? I have observed them closely and haven't seen any feather pecking. I wouldnt even know who to separate from the flock if it was feather pecking.. Can you look at the pics and tell me if it looks like feather pecking and what I can do to help them? No one else in the flock is having this issue and the 4 that have it all have varying degrees of severity, the one pictured is the worst one. Thank you.
     

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  2. MilesFluffybutt

    MilesFluffybutt Songster

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    Have you examined them for any creepy crawlies - lice, mites, etc?
     
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  3. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Crossing the Road

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  4. The Phantom

    The Phantom I love birds!!!

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    Mites?
     
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  5. getaclue

    getaclue Crossing the Road

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    I'd be checking for mites/lice first. It could also be bullying. My ISA's were bullies.
     
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  6. getaclue

    getaclue Crossing the Road

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    If it's mites, and I suspect it is, yes it's serious.
     
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  7. PirateGirl

    PirateGirl Chicken Lover, Duck Therapist

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  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    If it were mites, I would expect to see the entire flock impacted. Check for mites, but my guess is that the most pristine looking bird/birds is/are feather plucking the Australorps.
     
  9. azygous

    azygous Crossing the Road

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    How old are these scroungy-looking twerps? Have they ever had a fall molt yet? The curious fact that only the Australorps are affected points to a possible genetics cause.

    The reason I think this is because I have a scroungy-looking twerp in my flock of 21, and she's the only one who looks like this. She's a Cream Legbar/EE mix and she went two years before she had her first molt. She has never had a fall molt. Her first molt was last June. I'm still waiting for her to have her second molt. She is beyond frowzy. She looks like a chicken joke for a bad hair day.
     
  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Was wondering the same....and where did you get them?
    I have a few that look similar but not nearly as bare, just some backs and necks...have no idea why.
     
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