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Topic: Hen with sores on wings, no feathers on back (4 messages)

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Hen with sores on wings, no feathers on back (4 messages)
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Have a RI Red hen (Ethel) and rooster(Fred) that were raised together. He has "treaded" her until her wings are sore, so got a jacket for her. Now wings are sore and no feathers on back so got rid of jacket. She is laying almost every day, so don't think she is molting. Is there something I can put on her to help her heal? Have 3 more younger hens about 3 months old to increase Fred's harem, he isn't interested in them. Are they just too young or did they need to be all raised together. All are free range, but roost in the coop at night. First time chicken owner and loving it. In case it matters, there are also 2 male guinea hens who roost here, and 2 pairs of banties)
7/25/2013 10:01 AM report abuse

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You could try spraying some blue kote on her back and wings. It is a wound dressing and anti peck product. You can toss a small amount of dry cat food on the ground every couple days to help the feathers grow in quickly. The other birds are still pretty young for him. He may gain interest as they mature in the next couple months. You might want to separate him from the older hen until she get the feathering back.
7/25/2013 11:09 AM report abuse
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Will definitely try bluekote. We leave out the canned food the cats turned their noses up, but not the dry. Will give that a try too. Thanks so much for the info!
7/25/2013 12:53 PM report abuse
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I also have a RI Red with the same problem. We put an "apron" on her because her back was completely nude, but the feathers are not growing back. It's too cold to take the apron off. I think the other hens are pecking at her shoulders because they are red and irritated. Any suggestions as to why the back feathers are not growing back?
3/2/2015 10:16 AM report abuse