Please help

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Easter eggers, Jul 10, 2011.

  1. Easter eggers

    Easter eggers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens are losing their feathers cause I find them in the coop in the morning but now their tail feathers on two of my hens are missing. Can someone please tell me what is happening and what I can do to fix it?
     
  2. Tenmore

    Tenmore Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How old are they? Chickens will pull their own feathers as a part of self grooming. some fall out duing normal activities like flying around. Some fall out during and whilr the pecking order is being established. with missing tails I would say some body is picking on the other ones.. Could they moulting? keep us updated
     
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  3. La Mike

    La Mike (Always Slightly Off)

    Nov 20, 2009
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    They may be molting.
     
  4. Easter eggers

    Easter eggers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are only 15 weeks old is that old enough to be molting?
     
  5. duckinnut

    duckinnut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is normal to lose a few even a tail feather or two. but if they are all missing sounds like you might have a bully in the group. You could also check for mites as well. [​IMG]
     
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  6. punky rooster

    punky rooster Awesome

    Jul 21, 2010
    Quote:They could be in their juvenile molt. So yes, it's fine unless they really start looking bare.

    Mitch
     

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