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Rhode Island Reds Losing Tail Feathers and White butts

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First off, 13 month old rhode island red hens, in Minnesota, about a week ago we found blood in the coop other issues:
*Chicken 1, Sayde, has been losing tail feathers like crazy, but no visible skin

*Both chickens have white dry butts, like chicken poop, not sticky or gooey.

 

So far we have:
*Fed yogurt and applesauce mixed with mealworms.

 

They were laying until a week ago, then suddenly stopped. 

 

Any ideas? They are apparently too young to be molting, we are very concerned!

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Actually, I don't think they're too young to go through a mini-molt, because I have some 9 month olds who are currently losing all the feathers in the head/neck, vent, and tail areas. Do your girls otherwise seem fine? Eating and drinking? Energy? If so, they could be just molting. :) Some pictures, if you have any, might help. :D Hope to hear from you soon!

 

-Alex

"For You, O Lord, are good and ready to forgive;

And abundant in lovingkindness and overflowing in mercy to all those who call upon You." Psalm 86:5

 

Happy owner of 37 wonderful hens, 2 amazing roosters, 5 interesting ducks, 1 unfriendly drake, 4 furry kitties, and 5 crabby parakeets!  Impatiently awaiting some very beautiful, special little chicks and ducklings this spring....

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"For You, O Lord, are good and ready to forgive;

And abundant in lovingkindness and overflowing in mercy to all those who call upon You." Psalm 86:5

 

Happy owner of 37 wonderful hens, 2 amazing roosters, 5 interesting ducks, 1 unfriendly drake, 4 furry kitties, and 5 crabby parakeets!  Impatiently awaiting some very beautiful, special little chicks and ducklings this spring....

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