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Wing Feathers stripped bare

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by WTurner, Feb 7, 2015.

  1. WTurner

    WTurner Out Of The Brooder

    This is our Red Pyle Old English Roo. This is how he looked a couple of months ago.

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    Here he is now!!

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    All his body feathers appear shaved short. His wings are bare???

    I've read about mice but he sleeps up high....

    Help please.
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Is he housed with other chickens?
     
  3. WTurner

    WTurner Out Of The Brooder

    Yes he is with several. But he is defiantly to Roo of the coop?
     
  4. MrsBachbach

    MrsBachbach Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think I have read about a type of louse (lice) that do this to feathers. I remember them saying how hard it was to get rid of it or treat it. I can't remember the details of it, but I would suggest searching for feather lice or feather eating lice or something like that.
     
  5. WTurner

    WTurner Out Of The Brooder

    I will research thank you.... But he is the only one like, I would assume lice would spead? And I have looked him over from top to bottom and gave scene nothing.
     
  6. WTurner

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    From what I am seeing it doesn't fit. There are no signs of mites or lice, his skin is pink and healthy.
     
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Someone in the flock is feather picking/plucking him. Spend some time watching them and eventual the culprit will be caught in the act. It is generally the bird in the flock showing the most perfect feather condition. I doubt that it is feather lice.
     
  8. WTurner

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    Interesting his mate seems to have the prettiest feathers at this point. We have them together but separate from the flock right now, so we are wactching closely... Any suggestions if it is her?
     
  9. MrsBachbach

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    Looks pretty uniform to be a feather picker to me. I've seen this type of feather damage posted from people dealing with a certain species of feather lice. It's not your general louse.

    If it is his mate, all I can think of is peepers.
     
  10. WTurner

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    I can't seem to find the specific lice you are talking about I guess as there are no signs on him of lice or eggs? It is quite uniform. Do you have any links you can share? Also not sure what you mean by peepers?

    Thank you!
     

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