Still losing feathers.

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Lardman

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Still losing feathers.
« on: August 05, 2009, 19:05 »
I'm completely out of ideas on this.

Since I moved the girls I've noticed missing feathers from the neck area. I though it might be feather pecking and didn't pay too much attention. When it seemed to be spreading I thought it might be crawlies - either on the birds - lice or mite or in the coop. I cleaned the coop completely tested all the wood joins with paper and then applied a blow torch and poultry shield. I didn't see anything more than the odd fly even at night checking with a torch. I've also scattered diatoms over the girls, in the coop, nest box and in their dust bath just in case.

Tonight after playing chase round the garden  >:( I managed to grab my leghorn and shes almost bald around her breast.... I still can't see anything on her, as far as I can tell there are no crawlies and no eggs. 

They have continued to lay daily without any problems, I think they may have missed 2 days each in 3 months or so.

What are my options ? Other than a trip to the vets. I know it depends on what the problem is but I completely out of ideas. Can I get a spay or something just incase theres something on the girls Im missing or can't see.


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Re: Still losing feathers.
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2009, 19:08 »
are they going through a moult? Cant remember what age you said they were.
Staffies are softer than you think.

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Re: Still losing feathers.
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2009, 20:04 »
I had them September 2008 at point of lay so they're just over a year old.

Other than being a little flighty and looking rather moth eaten they don't seem to be in any distress.

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Re: Still losing feathers.
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2009, 20:47 »
my girls are doing the same sort of thing , if its  a moult then its a seruios one  :lol: :lol: even my babies seem to be losing thier feathers .

thing is i have one girl that lost one whole wing worth of feathers a while ago an they still havent grown back  :ohmy:
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