Good morning! We've got something going on with our flock of chickens. They all have lost feathers and, as you can see by the pictures, the areas are quite inflamed. We've soaked them in Epson salt, bathed, treated for lice and mites (although don't see any evidence of them), to are just not able to give them relief. I'm wondering if our soil might have a contaminant that is causing the irritation?
Washington County Oregon
I wonder if we separate (or divide) the flock for a couple of weeks? Perhaps that might calm things down. There is one chicken that has "fewer" irritations. Is she the "culprit?
Would moving her out of the flock for awhile be recommended?
Moving will, of course, stop the current problem however it will probably return when added back to yhe flock. Chickens have a complex social order which we don't fully understand. They recognize other chickens in their flock. Sometimes the pecking order gets quite intense. If you move the hen out, keep her in sight of the rest of the flock. This may help when she gets reintroduced into the group.