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Chick sick?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Cluucky, Jan 26, 2016.

  1. Cluucky

    Cluucky Out Of The Brooder

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    So i have three hens, who are almost one year old. I've noticed all of their egg productions have gone down recently, but one of them isnt laying at all. She is our buff orpington. One has been laying once or twice a week, the second a few times a week, and the buffy, not at all. One day, we noticed all her tail feathers were missing, and we thought she was being broody and had a nest somewhere where she was hiding her eggs. I scanned the whole yard to find no nests. Just this morning, i noticed around her neck there her feathers were pushed down and i though she had some trash around her neck. No trash, just tons missing feathers.
    Here is a picture of what she currently looks like:
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    Notice her neck feathers
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    Missing her tail feathers
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    Front view

    Is this molting or is our buffy sick? none of our other hens look like this. I made sure to check if there was an egg stuck, but i didnt feel anything

    Please help![​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2016
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    It appears as if she is molting.
     
  3. Cluucky

    Cluucky Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you. I was worried because she didn't seem like she was molting, but shes probably just beginning the process.
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Judging by her 'look' in the pictures she is in apparent good health other than the feather loss.
     
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