What's causing this?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Peacefield Farm, Feb 7, 2013.

  1. Peacefield Farm

    Peacefield Farm New Egg

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    I've noticed over the last few days a lighter color on the lower backs of the chickens. I got a close up today. It looks like their feathers have been pulled out. Any ideas? It actually looks a little worse than it is due to the rain. Thanks in adance!!



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  2. PoultryGirly

    PoultryGirly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my hens have it too, but I think it's from the rooster fertilizing them a little too much. If you are really concerned of if it gets worse, you can get a chicken saddle or even make one.
     
  3. Peacefield Farm

    Peacefield Farm New Egg

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    Well, I'm trying to raise these birds as maintenance free as possible. I'm not excited about getting a dress for them to wear.

    Any other ideas?
     
  4. Pullet Surprise

    Pullet Surprise Chillin' With My Peeps

    What is the ratio of girls to boys and ages? If your roo is just mounting the girls that are "ready" and there are more to come "on line" then it may settle down by itself. In other words, these may just be his favorites for now and he's overdoing it. It also depends on just how rough he is on them. And the ever present first choice question, have you checked for lice & mites etc.? And do you have any feather pickers in your flock?
     
  5. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    A little feather loss there will not hurt them, as long as there is no damage to the skin. Trimming your roosters toenails will help reduce damage (the nails, not the spurs)
     
  6. Peacefield Farm

    Peacefield Farm New Egg

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    They're all the same age, 7 months. I have 23 ladies and 3 amorous males. I actually had the thought that I had too many males. Do you think that is it? I could move one or two the really cold, electric coop.

    How do I check for lice and mites? I've had a small # of birds for over 5 years and they have been totally maintenance free. I've only had this many birds since July.

    I haven't noticed any feather pickers. I assume they're easy to distinguish?

    I appreciate your help.
     
  7. Pullet Surprise

    Pullet Surprise Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yep, it almost sounds like you have one roo too many...at that age they are like hormone driven teenagers ..there's plenty of threads to do with lice & mites on here, but I'm guessing it's the girl-boy ratio
     

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