Wyandottes back looks terrible (PICS INCLUDED)

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Straywolfmakuyi, Oct 20, 2011.

  1. Straywolfmakuyi

    Straywolfmakuyi Out Of The Brooder

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    These are pictures of one of my girls. I am not sure what it is. Please advise. I only have three hens and no roosters. They have been like this for a few months and it doesn't appear to be getting better. They are very active and eat and drink well, no indication of any type of problem. They are good layers and no egg problems. Should I be doing anything? They all look the same and I have watched them and seen no pecking at each other. They are about eight months old.
    How do I post the pictures, I have them uploaded but still trying to figure out how to put them here.
     
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  2. franh

    franh Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi you need to do a few posts and welcome some people and hopefully should be able to post some pics. Will be a lot easier with some pics to look at.

    Are they open sores?
     
  3. Straywolfmakuyi

    Straywolfmakuyi Out Of The Brooder

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    No not open sores, and this is not the first time I have ever posted. My daughter set this up so I will just wait for her to get home and let her post pictures.
     
  4. Straywolfmakuyi

    Straywolfmakuyi Out Of The Brooder

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    Here they are
     
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  5. Straywolfmakuyi

    Straywolfmakuyi Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, here are the photos my mom mentioned earlier. As you can see, they have bald patches near their rear. What could be causing this? (And before anyone asks, yes, we've checked for mites both on them and in the hutch, both during the day and at night.)

    http://img803.imageshack.us/img803/7287/1000308z.jpg

    http://img411.imageshack.us/img411/7015/1000305b.jpg

    http://img803.imageshack.us/img803/7287/1000308z.jpg

    http://img560.imageshack.us/img560/8671/1000309t.jpg

    (By the way, sorry there are links rather than actual pictures, but the images are rather large and I didn't want them to stretch the board.)
     
  6. chickenbuttsowhat

    chickenbuttsowhat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    looks like they r just molting my barred rock wing is like that shes just now slowly starting growning her feathers back
     
  7. guinea fowl galore

    guinea fowl galore Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have a rooster?
    That looks a like a bald patch caused by a rooster mounting her.
    If this is then case you need to get her a saddle fast. Now that there are no feathers it wont be long before the rooster starts breaking the skin.
     
  8. Straywolfmakuyi

    Straywolfmakuyi Out Of The Brooder

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    @chickenbuttsowhat - They molted during the summer, and I doubt they need to molt for five months. They've had the strange bald spots for a few months now, and since nothing we've tried has worked, we finally decided to post here to see if we could find out if there was anything else that it could be. I appreciate your suggestion, though.

    @guinea fowl galore - As stated in the original post, we have no roosters.
     
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  9. hudsonhousechicks

    hudsonhousechicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, thank goodness. It doesn't look nearly as bad as I imagined it would! Our buff orpington had a bald back for months and months. It was due to the rooster but I think you said you don't have a rooster. Do the other hens peck at her? Does she pluck her own feathers? We had to wait until our hen completely molted and then all the feathers grew back in. Maybe with the next heavy molt yours will do the same. I've heard it feather growth requires a lot of protein. I give my girls a can of tuna from time to time and they LOVE it. Good luck!
     
  10. Straywolfmakuyi

    Straywolfmakuyi Out Of The Brooder

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    @hudsonhousechicks - All three of our hens are like that. We haven't seen them pecking at each other, or plucking their own feathers. Also, I don't think protein is an issue, as their eggs are perfectly fine and they have hard shells.
     

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