Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by sargent12, Oct 26, 2016.

  1. sargent12

    sargent12 New Egg

    Aug 26, 2016
    My chickens all have feathers missing on there backs by there tail feathers. At first I thought it was my roaster but he is missing feathers in the s a me place. I do have 3chickens with out this problem. How do I tell which one is doing this? I need some help.. Thanks
  2. coach723

    coach723 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2015
    North Florida
    That is a common area for rooster damage from being topped. Often favorite hens will be missing feathers and lesser favorites will not. If it's from the rooster then a hen saddle can help protect their back.
    It is also common that this area is bare due to molting. If you've checked them over for lice and mites, which is a good habit when feathers are lost, and there are no pests, then it's likely one of those two. If you see pin feathers anywhere coming in on them, it's likely a molt. If not, and they don't fill in from a molt, then it's probably the rooster.

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