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Hard molt? Dead hen?

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Last spring I bought some hens at the auction. Two I thought were pullets ended up being small chickens. Anyway, one of them has been losing feathers which looked like a typical molt and turned into a hard molt which turned into a dead hen this morning. I have a couple others molting but not as bad. But now I'm freaking out that maybe there's a disease going on? They haven't been out of their area in months (my garden is right there) is there any diseases I could or should be looking out for? We've had some drastic weather changes the last couple weeks so I'm wondering if a combination of molt and weather? I just don't want to lose my whole flock.

Pic when I got them
Edited by caribabcock - 10/9/15 at 6:06pm
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An occasional dead chicken happens a lot, there can be some diseases transmitted by wild birds, and stress from the molt and changing weather can bring on some illness, I wouldn't worry unless you see some identifiable symptoms or more die.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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A pullet IS a chicken.. A female one.. Do you mean they ended up being small roosters?

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A pullet IS a chicken.. A female one.. Do you mean they ended up being small roosters?
A pullet is a young female chicken, I mean they ended up being full grown they were like Bantu Easter eggers. They both laid and then they stopped.
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A pullet is a young female chicken, I mean they ended up being full grown they were like Bantu Easter eggers. They both laid and then they stopped.

Oh, that's what you meant. Heh. My bad.

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