Troubled hen in the mini flock

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by euphony, Jun 18, 2018.

  1. euphony

    euphony In the Brooder

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    Hi y’all. Been having concerns about one lady in the flock. Maybe y’all could help with pointing us in the right direction. She is losing feathers along her back. Her skin is now getting red. One other hen is starting to lose feathers in a very small spot as well.
     

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  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender Premium Member

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    Do you have a rooster? Looks like mating wearing.
     
  3. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit Premium Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC. Pending your response, I agree with Oldhens.

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  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member 8 Years

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    Roosters tend to over breed some hens, mainly the ones they can catch easiest. One rooster can handle 10 hens, any less and they will get over bred. If you don't need a rooster for fertile eggs, the hens will lay just as many (infertile) eggs without him and be much less stressed.
     
  5. euphony

    euphony In the Brooder

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    Nope. No rooster. Thanks for the replies. Keep em coming.
     
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  6. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender Premium Member

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    Well without a rooster one of your hens must be mating the others. Otherwise it would be feather picking, but that generally happens around the vent or the head. The final option is self mutilation due to mites or lice. So check her over good for external parasites, and check your roost cracks as well.
     
  7. Farmer Connie

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  8. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Free Ranging

    Hello, and welcome to BYC!
     
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