8 month old chicken lost all her feathers on her tummy

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by melz1010, Oct 8, 2012.

  1. melz1010

    melz1010 New Egg

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    Hi all,

    I have a Black Copper Maran and she is 8 months old, I noticed the other day that she was completely bald under her tummy. I checked for scratches and mites and found nothing. She is laying OK and seems happy in herself.
    I have been told that chickens do not normally moult within the first year of their lives.
    I am really worried about her, I have another 2 chickens and they seem OK.
    Any suggestions would be really appreciated.
    Helen
     
  2. jbirds2012

    jbirds2012 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sounds like she's going broody to me
     
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Agree with the above post. Chickens pluck the feathers from their bellies when they go broody.
     
  4. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

    [​IMG] [​IMG] from washington state glad you joined us!
    No worries, she is getting ready to go broody completely normal!
     
  5. Fierlin1182

    Fierlin1182 powered-flight

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    Hi and :welcome

    Good luck with your broody. :lol:

    I hope you find all the info you need here, and enjoy the site. :D
     
  6. Red Barn Farms

    Red Barn Farms ~Friendly Fowl~

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    Hi, welcome to BYC from Kentucky.



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  7. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, melz1010, and [​IMG]! Great to have you here! I had the same thing happen with my Buff Orps. Like sumi who posted above said, when they go broody they will pluck their feathers. Could this be what is happening with your BCM? Best of luck to you!
     
  8. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    :frow & :welcome from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
     
  9. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello! Welcome! x2 Sounds like typical broody behavior. No problem. She will likely start spending all day and all night in the nest.
     
  10. melz1010

    melz1010 New Egg

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    Thanks everyone for our replies, helped ease my worries as I am new to chicken behaviour.
     

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