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Cochin is losing quite a few feathers?

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Over the past week, my cochin has been losing a lot of feathers. They just seem to fall right out, and immediately start growing back in. She seems to be acting normal, and there are no visible bald spots. She'll be one year old in about 3 months.

 

Is it okay that she appears to be going through a soft molt in May? Should I dust her for mites?

 

She is currently being treated for a light case of scaly leg mites, I'm not sure if that's relevant? 

 

Thanks!

Serama Lama Ding Dong.

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Serama Lama Ding Dong.

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Stress can cause an out of season molt, so maybe the leg mites are stressing her.
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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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Even tho they are 'supposed' to molt in the fall at around 18 months old....they don't read the books...hahaha!

I've had a 9 month old go thru a molt in mid winter...have had a few molt in spring/summer too.

 

If feathers are just falling out and new ones are growing in, and she is otherwise healthy(eating, drinking, pooping, active as usual) it's probably just a molt and not parasites.....but it never hurts to check for bugs.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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