rooster picking out back feathers

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

  1. Rhaena

    Rhaena In the Brooder

    Jun 11, 2007
    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.
  2. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon

    Jan 27, 2007
    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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