What is going on with their feathers???? Feather eating or ? *pics*

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by shellie003, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. shellie003

    shellie003 Out Of The Brooder

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    What is going on with my girls? The feathers above their tails are all poofy with white feathers sticking out is it their pin feathers? is someone a feather eater? or what? Bad Hair day? We live in a pretty cold climate NE WI so I have been thinking it is just because we have had a terrible winter. Also some of their butt feathers are missing mainly in the barred rock. We have 2 Orpingtons that seem to be fine and 1 black sex link that is fine. But everyone else is weird.... see for yourself;
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    This is our "Ellen" Hubby is holding her..
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    close up of tail
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    another comet Bertha
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    Susan has some fluff but not as noticable as the Comets
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    is this the start of molting??? they are almost 1 year end of March....
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    our Barred Rock, Barbie
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    Butt shot
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    Close up butt shot. weird??
    We have looked for mites but it has been cold here, so far not seeing any. Any ideas????? [​IMG]
    Thanks for the comments ahead of time!!! [​IMG]
     
  2. shellie003

    shellie003 Out Of The Brooder

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    oh and we have oyster shell, grit, BOSS, minimal cracked corn, layer mash that has plenty of protein, also a treat block I got at TSC that they love to help with the winter madness...
     
  3. jarcoo0153

    jarcoo0153 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I want to know too! Mine are doing the same thing. I know the feathers are missing on top because of my rooster but my barred rocks are naked too! I was told it could be because they need more protien, so I started feeding them 30% protien feed yesterday.
     
  4. shellie003

    shellie003 Out Of The Brooder

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    oh and we do not have a rooster either. Not from the sassy boys. [​IMG]
     
  5. buckabucka

    buckabucka Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine look like that, - maybe not as severe, and I assumed it was from the rooster mating with them. I do have a leghorn that loves to pull feathers. I haven't even had chickens for a year yet, so sorry I do not have an answer. I'll be interested in other responses.
     
  6. shellie003

    shellie003 Out Of The Brooder

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    Anyone else???? [​IMG]
     
  7. Gooter

    Gooter Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 3 SLWs in together and the low hen on the pecking order is like that. I have seen the other 2 peck her there in that area to get the best food. So I believe this is pecking order picked-on happening. The hens don't fight, but when they are out scratching around or if I toss in some greens or scraps (even if I spread it out so they all get some) they all move from bit to bit, just to be bossy. I personally doubt you have mites or parasites - just bossy hens. But that's not a highly educated or experienced opinion.

    My Welsummer girls don't do that to each other.
     
  8. shellie003

    shellie003 Out Of The Brooder

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    hmmm, I thought it might have been something like that.
     
  9. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Those with complete plumage have become feather pickers.
     

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