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#104353 - 06/22/12 10:06 AM Re: Feather Problem [Re: mdenham]
CJR Offline
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Registered: 07/16/02
Posts: 8489
Loc: Montana
From the pictures, it does not look like feather picking, which typically pulls out complete feathers, leaving some bare spots, as well as damaged webs. Feather picked birds are often flighty and try to evade their tormentors, and feather picking culprites are easily identified.

Feather mites are too small to be seen, and they eat the webbed parts, often leaving the bare shaft, but invading the shaft, they will break off also. Usually starting on the head and neck, other parts of the body are usually not much affected. They are not common--I thought I had several hens with feather mites years ago (my diagnosis) and soaked the plumage with a regular mite spray--"they" disappeared and new plumage grew in normally.

To see plumage affected on all parts of the bird makes Feather Mites as the culprite, questionable.

Anything affectng just one or two birds in a flock would seem to reject lack of protien as a factor in feather quality.

?????? CJR

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#104354 - 06/22/12 03:15 PM Re: Feather Problem [Re: CJR]
Maria Ricardo Offline
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Registered: 03/26/05
Posts: 434
Loc: Hawaii
The birds free range on lush pasture.

Feathers are not pulled out, the quills remain without the feather parts.

The hens are not flighty, they are easily picked up and calm. Buff Orpingtons.

The birds eat a crumble-type feed.

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#104355 - 06/23/12 03:35 AM Re: Feather Problem [Re: mdenham]
Wieslaw Offline
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Registered: 09/18/09
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Loc: Denmark
Mark, yes, I keep mainly mediterraneans.

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#104366 - 06/23/12 04:29 PM Re: Feather Problem [Re: Wieslaw]
Wieslaw Offline
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Registered: 09/18/09
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Loc: Denmark
Here are the different forms of pecking(except mine which is yet undesribed)

AP = Aggressive Pecking: severe pecks aimed mostly to the head/comb and sometimes to the neck of the victim
GFP = Gently Feather Pecking: with the victim not getting hurt, can be mistaken with grooming
SFP = Severe Feather Pecking: with the victim getting hurt, can lead to cannibalism!
TP = Toe Pecking: aimed at the toes of the victim
or TP = Tissue Pecking: aimed at a bare spot/skin of the victim
VP = Vent Pecking: aimed at the vent of the victim, can lead to cannibalism!

Taken from following thread:

http://www.the-coop.org/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=39454&page=1

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