What's happening to my Buff Orpington?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by lazykchikinranc, Mar 27, 2015.

  1. lazykchikinranc

    lazykchikinranc New Egg

    Mar 27, 2015
    I thought at first she was being pecked. then I decided she had mites so I treated her with seven dust. But she still looks like this. So I thought she was grooming excessively because she had an itch. I just don't know and now another chicken is beginning to look this way. Is it pecking? Should I remove her from the group? thank you for any advice you folks can give me. PK
  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Do you have a rooster? It could be rooster damage. You might try putting a hen saddle on the affected hens (if it is rooster damage that often works, and it does seem to help with feather plucking also). Other wise that looks like feather plucking as you said, which often is from boredom or bullying... there is a nice article in the Learning Center with various ways to help with it https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bullying-behavior-in-chickens People often recommend upping the protein in their diet also. You might also consider putting pinless peepers on the ones who are doing it if you can figure out who they are (or the whole flock). You don't really need to separate the plucked birds if you can get it under control... if a bird is bleeding/ hurt they do need to be separated.
  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided join our flock. Kelsie2290s first thought regarding a rooster was also my first thought and she has given you some good advice. This type of injury is also common where there are too many roosters. The recommend ratio of roosters to hens is 1 rooster for every 10 hens as too many roosters can become very hard physically on your hens, over-breeding them, biting and plucking the feathers from their backs, battering them, and potentially, seriously injuring them. If other hens are doing this to her, I would recommend putting some Blue Kote Wound Dressing on her back. Not only will this protect the wounded area and help it to heal, but the bad taste of the Blue Kote will discourage other hens from continuing to peck on the area. If you're not familiar with Blue Kote, you can see it at https://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/blue_kote_wound_dressing.html. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your wounded hen.
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    If you don't have any roosters, the hens that don't have bald backs, are probably the ones doing the damage.
  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC![​IMG] I'm glad you joined us.

    Kelsie2290 and Michael O Shay have given you some good advice! Good luck with your hens.
  6. Peep-Chicken

    Peep-Chicken Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 10, 2013
    My Coop
    Hello and welcome to BYC!
  7. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Queen of the Coop

    Mar 3, 2015
    Hello [​IMG]and Welcome to BYC![​IMG]

    Glad to have you join! Feel free to make yourself at home!
  8. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    At our lodge
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Looks like that cause of a rooster
  9. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined! :)

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