What does this look like to you? please view :(

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Nutcase, Feb 26, 2013.

  1. Nutcase

    Nutcase Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay so I've posted these images before, but I didn't really get the information I needed. What do you think has caused this? My Red Star hen is pecked and bullied by the others but it doesn't seem severe enough to cause this. Recently she started growing new feathers over the bald patches, but when I looked one morning they were back to this stage. So what is it? Could it be molting?
    *She is the only one with this problem*
    It has been going on for about a year, or longer.


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    Advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
     
  2. Bluebee

    Bluebee Overrun With Chickens

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    Did you check her for mites or lice? Those might be causing something. Sorry I'm not much help. Hope someone else will be able to find some good info on this. Good luck!

    Bluebee
     
  3. trapper john

    trapper john Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm not a vet or anything but I did notice that they have some different sprays at the feed stores for this type of thing may show them pic and see what they recommend if you can not find anything on here? Poor girl I wish you the best post up when you figure it out..
     
  4. cluckasuedledoo

    cluckasuedledoo Just Hatched

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    I'd start by dusting them all for mites, if possible keep her separated while she heals. Take a good look at how much room each hen has at roost time.
    I spy on my girls and when someone is a bully or a feather plucker, down the road she goes. Some hens are aggressive and a submissive one with an injury can be cannibalized
    unmercifully. Each hen should have about 1 sq ft of space on the roost to call her own, and have the option to snuggle or scoot away if she's uncomfortable with her neighbor.
    She may have started a molt way back and as the new feathers are struggling to pop out, the other hens are pecking her raw spots. Just some thoughts of mine. Hope it helps.
     
  5. Nutcase

    Nutcase Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for your thoughts!
     
  6. Firefighter Chick

    Firefighter Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine have some shoulder baldness from the rooster "over-roostering" her
     
  7. Tanith BHH

    Tanith BHH Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Check for mites, separate her, check she's getting enough nutrition (I knew some one who was feeding their hens just oats and they were in permanent moult because they were unable to get enough protein etc.) until her feathers have grown back. I doubt you would be, but you might want to check about overcrowding too. If you do separate her you may also want to reintroduce her slowly and spray her with anti-pecking spray when she is reintroduced.
    Good luck!
     
  8. cluckcluckluke

    cluckcluckluke Overrun With Chickens

    X2 for the mite and lice checking.

    I see this all the time in Stars, to me it looks like just constant pecking and unless your not watching her 24/7 you don't actually know how brutal her friends are being.
    You may want to separate her for a while and see if she grows some new plumage in.
     
  9. Nutcase

    Nutcase Chillin' With My Peeps

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    X2 for the mite and lice checking.

    I see this all the time in Stars, to me it looks like just constant pecking and unless your not watching her 24/7 you don't actually know how brutal her friends are being.
    You may want to separate her for a while and see if she grows some new plumage in.



    I'll see what I can do
     
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2013
  10. Nutcase

    Nutcase Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't have a rooster though. If one had mites/lice wouldn't the others have them too?
     

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