rooster picking out back feathers

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Rhaena, Oct 16, 2007.

  1. Rhaena

    Rhaena Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi,
    My rooster has picked out his back feathers - the feathers at the base of his back. I assume that he is picking his own feathers...maybe not. I have a lot of trouble with my hens picking their neck feathers out. I have searched for mites and don't see anything crawling on them. I do see a lot of white specks on them at night when I look with a flashlight but nothing moving. I figure the white specks are dirt? Any suggestions.
    Thanks.
     
  2. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

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    Are there any raw areas on any of them (broken skin)? Could be moulting. However, crowding/diet are the most common causes of actual incessant picking.

    As far as pests: If you don't have a lighted loupe x10-20 mag. pick one up. That way you can ID those `spots'. Just a good tool to have around for chook exams.
     

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