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    • CommentAuthorkimcally
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2012 9:34pm (Nov 21st 2012)
    Can anyone help!!!! ?

    I am currently looking after a friend's three hens for six months while she is in rented accommodation. They arrived in the summer and i introduced them to my two chickens with no problems. Two of the chickens arrived with 'bare' bottoms and backs - the owner wasn't sure whether they had pulled the feathers out themselves, or self mutilated. Nonetheless they weren't sore and were still laying. In the past month the feathers have started to grow back. One of the chickens is none the wiser, but the other one seems very distressed. She is constantly pulling at the feathers on her back around the tail area and squarks a lot. They are obviously irritating her and I have applied antibacterial powder and anti pecking spray to try and deter her from doing it, but to no avail. She has now pulled out all her beautiful tail feathers, plus all the soft ones on her chest.

    Any ideas?????
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd, 2012 5:22am (Nov 22nd 2012)
    Did you look to see if she had mites? I've never had one that did this. They could have gotten mites from the wild birds. I've know of parrots that do this kind of thing, but it's mostly from being bored. Some types of mites are so small you need a magnifying glass to see them.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd, 2012 8:42pm (Dec 3rd 2012)
    it definetley sounds like mites of some sort. poor little girl.