Weird feather loss

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  1. mryanlindbeck

    mryanlindbeck New Egg

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    Hi all!
    I am new to chickens and recently noticed my girls have weird feather loss on their heads. I have attached a picture so you can see. At first I thought it was a late molt but now thinking otherwise. They share the coupe with 6 Guinea hens. Partial day free range...my dogs want to eat them. Hoping it's not parasite or fungus!
    Thank you in advance!
    Mel[​IMG]
     
  2. mryanlindbeck

    mryanlindbeck New Egg

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    We also have 2 Roos and I read they can be ageessive[​IMG] Any advice is appreciated...even if it mans we have to catch each one each day and put fungal cream on them!

    Here is a picture of the older girls. We did lose one this winter and not sure what she died from.
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  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
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  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Your rooster may be causing the feather loss, when breeding they grab the hen's head. If you don't need "fertile" eggs for sale or hatching - there really isn't a need for a rooster.

    Hens will continue to lay the same amount of eggs but they will not be fertile.
     
  5. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    My thoughts ran to the same place as drumstick diva's. How many hens and how many roosters do you have? The girls could be taking a beating from being overbred. The recommended ratio of roosters to hens is 1 roo to 10 hens.
     
  6. mryanlindbeck

    mryanlindbeck New Egg

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    Yeah...looks like we are a little high on roosters. We have 2 and 8 hens. Thank you for the posts!
     
  7. RoseMary12

    RoseMary12 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi!!!! I'm new!!! You're the first person Ive talked to on this site!
     
  8. mryanlindbeck

    mryanlindbeck New Egg

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    Welcome!
     
  9. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
    CT
     
  10. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi Rosemary and welcome to BYC

    The Learning Centre is a great resource, even for experienced chicken keepers - loads of info on anything chicken. https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

    Joining your state thread may be useful as it will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area - just type the name of your state in the search box.

    All the best
    CT
     

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