White flakes on my hen

flowergirl60

Songster
8 Years
Feb 13, 2011
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One of my hens keeps picking at her feathers and when she does there is little white flakes that appear and then she eats them. Is this something I should be conerned about?
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CMV

Flock Mistress
10 Years
Apr 15, 2009
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If you are sure she doesn't have bugs then I would assume they are either skin flakes or flakes of keratin sheaths that cover new feathers. Birds are constantly regrowing feathers and when they preen they bust the keratin sheaths of newly formed feathers allowing the new feathers to open. Perfectly normal.

Good luck.
 

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