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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 In the Brooder

    Jan 5, 2009
    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

    Oct 16, 2008
    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

    Aug 28, 2008
    Jackson Hole
    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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