Two chickens losing feather near vent

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by cutechickenlove, Feb 12, 2014.

  1. cutechickenlove

    cutechickenlove Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 10, 2013
    Two of my chickens are losing feathers near their vent, I did not see and parasites or infections and they are laying well, is this something I should be concerned about or is it normal?
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    No, it's not normal. Parasites can be hard to see. Some of them only get on the birds at night, and they are very common, being carried in by wild birds. Or there could be some feather picking going on, which is usually related to crowding or boredom, or too little protein. If there is discharge, vent gleet could be developing. I'd probably start by checking them for bugs at night, or just treat them.
  3. ladybuggk

    ladybuggk New Egg

    Jul 26, 2013
    She is probably molting what breed?

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