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Rooster getting picked - maybe hens now

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by dtsnyder, Feb 14, 2009.

  1. dtsnyder

    dtsnyder Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a rooster who started getting pecked about a month ago - I assumed by the Alpha rooster. We've been applying Blu-Kote, but it's not helping. His butt is bare and pretty raw. Interestingly enough, the only chicken w/ blood and/or blu-kote on their beak is the "victim" rooster. Could it be self-cannabilism?

    But today I went into the coop to gather eggs and I noticed the Alpha roo has a few places (it was hard to tell) near his butt (but higher on his back if that makes sense) that the feathers were broken/bloody - not his skin, just his feathers.

    And looking around the coop, a few hens have the same thing. It almost looks like the feathers are either broken or getting rubbed down.

    As a precaution, I sprayed blu-kote, but don't know if I should be doing more. I have a feeling that the first rooster won't make it because I can't heal it - he seems okay, but it can't be healthy. Until today he was the only one with any issues.

    The chicks are only 25wks old - that would be too early for molting, right?

    I got a poultry block a few weeks ago, but they picked through it real quick - I can't afford to keep those in the coop! They recently were switched to layer feed since they started laying a few weeks ago. They are able to go outside (though I don't think they do when snow is on the ground) and get artificial light from 4-9pm.

    I'm new to chicken raising and I had hoped the blu-kote would fix the initial problem, but it didn't. [​IMG]

    Sorry this post is all over the place - I guess I had more issues than I first thought!!
     
  2. Chicken Woman

    Chicken Woman Incredible Egg

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    mites ? lice ? Or could be they are not getting enough protien. Give them some canned cat food every few days.
     
  3. highcountrychickens

    highcountrychickens Head Rooster Jouster

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    Oh that's no fun. Sorry you're going through this - I have been battling this picking thing for some time, and had some good advice on a post about it only today. https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=132955 everything I would list for picking for you is in this post... the only thing I would add is to be sure to address mites.
    Good luck with this!
     

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