What's going on here?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Cryss, Jun 20, 2019.

  1. Cryss

    Cryss Free Ranging

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    This is Nugget, and her tail base. She and Wynnie were Roopeccas favorites. When I first put Roopecca in the guest house I suspected this was caused by him. Wynnie has a bare reddish butt too. Since its only those 2 hens with this I figured he was overly amorous. They both seemed to be growing back feathers slowly. Today Nugget looked like this. I was able to catch her and get a close look and pictures. I looked under her wing and her butt but it all looks clean. There are some dark specks but they were sun bathing and this looks more like dirt specks to me. I wasn't able to catch Wynnie, never can. I don't like the way her butt looks today either. Just not quite as "healing" as it seemed.

    This is the base of Nuggets tail.
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  2. A.M. Eggs

    A.M. Eggs Songster

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    This looks like a rooster's doing to me.
     
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  3. HuffleClaw

    HuffleClaw I embrace the weird.

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    Mites? :confused:
     
  4. Cryss

    Cryss Free Ranging

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    Roopecca has been in solitary confinement for a few weeks now. I'm hoping its just that today is muggy so they just don't look so happy. How long does it take for feathers to grow back in? Will it be after a molt season?
     
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    A.M. Eggs Songster

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    It takes a few weeks. Give them calcium if you don't already. It will help.
     
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    Cryss Free Ranging

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    I haven't seen mites yet. I'll take a paper napkin in tonight after they go to bed to check under the roost.
     
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  7. Cryss

    Cryss Free Ranging

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    They have oyster shell in a dispenser always full.
     
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    HuffleClaw I embrace the weird.

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    I’m not sold that it’s just rooster damage... good luck @Cryss :hugs
     
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    Cryss Free Ranging

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    Thanks. I'll let you know if I find mites. :(
     
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  10. coach723

    coach723 Crowing

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    Looks like either rooster damage or she's being feather picked by a flock mate, or both. They could be the roo's favorites and more submissive, or they may be low in the pecking order. Feather picking sometimes happens when they go to roost and are competing for roosting spots. Usually the best looking bird is the one doing the picking. Not enough space can also be a factor.
    Some observing of behavior should answer that. Feather's often will not grow back until they molt. Depending on their age that could be this year or next. Very young birds can look pretty awful and ratty by the time they have their first adult molt. If it's the roo then hen saddles can help protect that area. You can purchase here: www.hensaver.com
    or you can make with a pattern found here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/free-chicken-apron-saddle-pattern.424354/#post-5201261
     
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