Chicken lost Feathers?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by miraclepooch, Sep 5, 2013.

  1. miraclepooch

    miraclepooch New Egg

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    Ok so my chicken is just a year old she is a partridge plymouth rock. All of a sudden i noticed that there where not any feathers on her breast bone. It is the beginning of september. Also i haven't been getting as many eggs as usual! Is she molting? What is happening? Please help?
     
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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Sounds as if she is molting. Can you see pin/blood feathers starting to appear?
     
  3. miraclepooch

    miraclepooch New Egg

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    yes they look like the beginnings of a feather the part that is closest to the skin.
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    She'll look like a hedgehog for a while until the feathers 'mature'.
     
  5. miraclepooch

    miraclepooch New Egg

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    ok thank you so much. Will the others do it to?
     
  6. sourland

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    They may or may not. Some 'blow' all of their feathers at once and end up looking quite pathetic. Others lose a couple of feathers at a time and do not look as bad.
     
  7. FlosRdChicks

    FlosRdChicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Reading this post, I feel so relieved!

    One of my 15 month old hens started losing all of her feathers a week ago. What a mess! Every tail feather, her belly, her head, all over. I thought she was attacked by something at first, but looking closely, there is no blood or anything. She definitely looks like a hedgehog!

    She's bald and she seems uncomfortable too, when she tries to sit down. The weather has turned cold. I put her in a cage and brought her into the kitchen for the night just in case she isn't ok. So what happens when they blow all their feathers in cold weather?


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