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Hi the past few days my chicken has been losing feathers. She lives with other chickens and they do not have this problem. I put her in a separate cage and she was still losing feathers. She has been checked for mites. Does anyone have any suggestions what it could be?
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How old is she? It sounds like she may be molting. This is a perfectly normal occurence in chickens and usually occurs for the first time around one year old. Chickens then molt about once a year from then on. They will gradually lose feathers all over their body and then grow them in. A molt usually takes between 6 weeks and 3 months.

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Hi the past few days my chicken has been losing feathers. She lives with other chickens and they do not have this problem. I put her in a separate cage and she was still losing feathers. She has been checked for mites. Does anyone have any suggestions what it could be?

If she is over a year old, she is more than likely molting---this is a natural occurrence, and no reason for concern. She may also be having a drop in egg production, due to the molt. 

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She is almost 2 years old and she hasnt layed eggs as often so hopefully she's molting. will she need any extra care whilst molting?
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A high protein diet, like flock raiser, will help. It takes a lot for chickens to lose feathers and regrow them and layer feed doesn't provide a high protein percentage. If you're unable to get flock raiser feed, tuna is a good protein treat as well as very scrambled eggs.
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