2nd fall in a row...

Kneiley1

Chirping
5 Years
Jul 5, 2014
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I have an Ameraucana who has had significant feather loss 2 falls in a row along with looking fatigued and eating less. Not sure what it is?
 

Kneiley1

Chirping
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Jul 5, 2014
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She is 3 or 4 years old. Last year she lost so much body weight. Its not so much the feather loss but the weakness. Doesnt seem as bad this year...yet.
 

oldhenlikesdogs

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What do you feed? It's not normal for them to lose weight. Are you wet? Could be something like coccidiosis. I will tag a few more experienced people.

@Eggcessive @Wyorp Rock , they may have a better idea than me. I do occasionally get an unwell bird in the fall due to all the stressors that the weather changes bring. We generally cull those who don't improve in a short while, so I'm no help on treatments.
 

Kneiley1

Chirping
5 Years
Jul 5, 2014
30
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72
Ive used the feed for a while. Its a corn mix that our local poultry place has put together
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oldhenlikesdogs

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Ive used the feed for a while. Its a corn mix that our local poultry place has put togetherView attachment 1573959
Is it a complete ration? A corn mix sounds like scratch. What's the protein content? It does appear that she's molting. She needs a higher protein ration during the molt. A daily maintenance ration should be 16-18%. I personally like the 18%. During the molt the protein can be increased to 22-24% protein to help them grow in their feathers.
 

Eggcessive

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With the symptoms of once a year feather loss, fatigue, and eating less, it sounds like my chickens when they molt. Mine will also act standoffish, kind of lie around in a group, stop laying eggs for 2 months, and they eat much less food than usual.

What are your chickens’ poops looking like? Will they eat special treats like chopped egg or ground meat? Is your feed a layer feed, or more like scratch grains?
 

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