Not an emergency... Needing advice on a possible condition

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by We4newbies, Aug 25, 2013.

  1. We4newbies

    We4newbies In the Brooder

    Oct 28, 2011
    Several of our flock have begun to look "mangy". This began with our 2 australorp hens; and looks, now, to be affecting one of our barred rocks, as well. The feathers around the neck and where the base of the tail meets the body are either missing, downy-looking, or just plain scraggly.
    In trying to decipher what is happening, we've ruled out molting, and haven't noticed anyone being substantially "picked on".
    Can anyone give me guesses as to what might be happening, here, as well as advice on what action to take, if any?
    Thanks so very much.
  2. foreverlearning

    foreverlearning Songster

    Aug 4, 2013
    How did you rule out molting? It is the right time of year for it. Check the vent area for louse or mite bites. It sounds like a molt to me but a rooster can also make the neck look like that with rough mating.
  3. I agree probably moulting but rooster can make their neck and back and sides go raw and mangy

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