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I am new to the chicken world and have 14 lovely bird that
I am new to the chicken world and have 14 lovely bird that we started about 6 to 7 weeks ago and need advice with one bird loosing feathers on her back. Normally her new wing feathers cover this area … read more
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My Cockatiel has just been scratching a lot and losing
Hello, my Cockatiel has just been scratching a lot and losing feathers; I assume he is molting as he is approx 6 months. However, my main concern are his feet because they look dry(white and powdery) … read more
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Jeanne Smith, DVM
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My 6 month old frizzled cochin hen lost most of her wing
My 6 month old frizzled cochin hen lost most of her wing feathers while I was i Europe. My carer reports she was being constantly selected by an aggressive rooster, who has been rehomed. She lays an e… read more
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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
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Doctoral Degree
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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
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I have 3 hens, 1 hasnt had a full body of feathers for around
I have 3 hens, 1 hasn't had a full body of feathers for around 9 months initially we thought she was just molting and they would grow back although now we believe they are being plucked out by the oth… read more
Dr. B.
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I have some old english game bantam hens that have molted 2
I have some old english game bantam hens that have molted 2 and 3 times since late last summer.What is causing this? Charlie… read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
Veterinary Degree (BVMS)
21,659 satisfied customers
hens: tail feathers..biting at their own skin and dying.
My hens have lost their back and tail feathers. They are biting at their own skin and dying. I have seen them molt before. This is very different presentation. I keep them in a coop in my barn with my… read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
2,854 satisfied customers
my 3 chickens have large bald patches, red skin and broken
my 3 chickens have large bald patches, red skin and broken feathers. I have washed and washed the coop and dusted them with a sulphur smelling stuff from the pet place at least 4 times and let them fr… read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
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21,659 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.
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I have 5 hens in my backyard coop that are well fed and get
I have 5 hens in my backyard coop that are well fed and get fresh water, greens,kitchen scraps and corn and scratch daily. @ of them have little bald patches on their wings that just developed yesterd… read more
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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
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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
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Doctoral Degree
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I have a little flock of 1.5 year old black sex link chickens
I have a little flock of 1.5 year old black sex link chickens (5 hens and 1 rooster) about 3 hens have areas of bare skin on them and look like they have a number of broken feathers. They are in a chi… read more
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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
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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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chickens: small flock..feathers as if she were just molting
I have a small flock of chickens which i keep in 2 separate pens side by side. They are all silkie bantems. One of my hens began to loose some feathers as if she were just molting, but it has continue… read more
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