Where did feathers go?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by deerchooper, Jan 25, 2014.

  1. deerchooper

    deerchooper Out Of The Brooder

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    My roo lost these feathers several weeks ago. I don't know why and hasn't lost any more from the first time.

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  2. Saerie

    Saerie Out Of The Brooder

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    It's either the other birds picking on him or mites...
     
  3. iheartMT

    iheartMT Out Of The Brooder

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    I also have a hen with missing head feathers. I have no rooster and I don't suspect mites, but haven't been able to catch her to check thoroughly. I don't think it's a molt since they are only 9 months old. I also have two Easter Eggers with missing beard feathers. I've seen one of the hens picking at one of the EE's beard and the other's head. So I guess I have a feather picker? Here are some pictures.

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  4. chick inn

    chick inn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is there another rooster living with him? Mine seem to lose feathers on the sides of their necks bc of other roosters I presume.
     
  5. deerchooper

    deerchooper Out Of The Brooder

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    ill see if I can get ahold of him to check for mites/flees. I never thought of that because none of the others are having balding issues.

    hes the only roo
     
  6. Sarevan

    Sarevan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would check the roo for lice/mites and see what his skin looks like under his other feathers. Possible letting the ladies pull his feathers when grooming too. Maybe increase the protein in the feed if they are doing that. It also helps when molting to increase protein as refeathering takes a lot of protein. My girls surprised me they aren't a year old and they molted. I had chickens with porcupine heads the increased protein helped get feathers back fast. I also dusted them with Sevin to make sure there were no parasites.
     
  7. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    What you are seeing is feather eating. This is a vice that usually only hens engage in and it is likely the result of a combination of poor nutrition and laying. The feathers on a rooster's neck is usually the first to go.
     

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