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We have several chickens with missing feathters. I do know
We have several chickens with missing feathters. I do know some is normal around the wings and head because of the rooster, some from a bully in the flock. What concerns me is that some of the exposed… read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
2,854 satisfied customers
my jersey giant hens have lost feathers on thier backs and
my jersey giant hens have lost feathers on thier backs and wings and where the feathers were are patches of red spots on their backs and wings near the body. they seem fine in every other way eating w… read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
2,854 satisfied customers
Dear Dr. Bob, I also have a question about feathering. One
Dear Dr. Bob, I also have a question about feathering. One of my chickens did not seem to get her healthy feathers back after moulting. She is the only one of my 4 that have this problem. The feathers… read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
2,854 satisfied customers
I was away for a month and had a friend watching my chickens.
I was away for a month and had a friend watching my chickens. When I came back, the hens seemed a little sickly. Their wings looked like they had been chewed on and they are a little raw. Any ideas? I… read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
2,854 satisfied customers
Rooster: back yard..four Buff..her feathers, mostly around her head
I have eight back yard chickens, four Barred Rocks and four Buff's and one Rooster. I live in Michigan so they stay in the hen house most of the time. I noticed a couple of days ago, one of the Barred… read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
Veterinary Degree (BVMS)
21,665 satisfied customers
hen: shows signs..signs of labored breathing and a comb..herself
I have a less-than-2yr-old hen who has her entire back pecked, shows signs of labored breathing and a comb that is breaking down with black adhesions(?) on it. I noticed her turning her neck and pecki… read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
2,854 satisfied customers
ive got an organic egg raiser as a client. he has 2500 chickens
i've got an organic egg raiser as a client. he has 2500 chickens, "free ranging" in barns when weather bad, out in pastures when not. he has had a recent outbreak of feather loss in hens only, no roos… read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
2,854 satisfied customers
hens: I expected to house 7 in one coop designed for 15
I have 4 Rhode Island Red hens. I expected to house 7 in one coop designed for 15 but the evil little hens killed off three of their peers. They turned on each other -- no top hen. So my remaining bir… read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
2,854 satisfied customers
My chickens are showing feather loss on their backs and head
My chickens are showing feather loss on their backs and head area. The condition has been present for some timeand they don't seem to have suffered seriously, still active, good apetites and egg produ… read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
2,854 satisfied customers
15 chickens seem healthy except for loss of head and neck feathers.
15 chickens seem healthy except for loss of head and neck feathers. Now, 2 dead in one week. All seem to have some degree of feather loss. Cascade mountains, so cooped up extensively this winter due t… read more
Dr. Wally
Dr. Wally
Small Animal Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
273 satisfied customers
Our Welsummer rooster just died. We noticed this morning that
Our Welsummer rooster just died. We noticed this morning that he did not appear to be interested in eating and his comb was a little pale. This evening we noticed that he seemed to be sneezing and whe… read more
Dr. Elaine
Dr. Elaine
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
1,371 satisfied customers
Hi, I have 12 hens, mostly Golden Comets and RIRs, between
Hi, I have 12 egg-laying hens (and 4 younger birds), mostly Golden Comets and RIRs, between 1 and 3 years old. All the birds are fed an organic chicken feed mix and are free ranged during the day. Rec… read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
2,854 satisfied customers
Several of my layer hens have had featherless butts since early
Several of my layer hens have had featherless butts since early spring. Now I see a couple that have picked their feathers off of the crop area and at least one that is losing feathers off of her head… read more
Deb Jankura
Deb Jankura
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
320 satisfied customers
chickens: only four are that way the rest are heathy
Some of my chickens are losing their feathers. There is no sign of feathers in the chicken coop, but they are still lossing fearthers. I have 20 chickens and only four are that way the rest are heathy… read more
Andrea Roberts
Andrea Roberts
veterinary surgeon
Bachelor's Degree
1,292 satisfied customers
Two Rhode Island Red hens have molting feathers on their back
Two Rhode Island Red hens have molting feathers on their back by the tail feathers and one is getting a bare spot. Is this mites and if so what is the treatment both for the chickens and the coop?… read more
Andrea Roberts
Andrea Roberts
veterinary surgeon
Bachelor's Degree
1,292 satisfied customers
I have 6 speckled sussex chickens hatched on May 26 of this
I have 6 speckled sussex chickens hatched on May 26 of this year. Healthy except in the last month or so 4 of them have lost a lot of feathers on their back by their tail so there is a bald patch ther… read more
Andrea Roberts
Andrea Roberts
veterinary surgeon
Bachelor's Degree
1,292 satisfied customers
my chickens molted last year and are still missing feathers
my chickens molted last year and are still missing feathers on neck are They have no paristes are laying but no feathers Help… read more
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digitalvet
Chief of Staff Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
I noticed that one of my chickens a Barred rock was very red
I noticed that one of my chickens a Barred rock was very red under her wings the breasts area and the feathers were gone. She seems to fluff her feathers out a little but I saw it red and bald.… read more
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