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Chickens losing feathers

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Boo1562001, Oct 26, 2015.

  1. Boo1562001

    Boo1562001 New Egg

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    Hi the past few days my chicken has been losing feathers. She lives with other chickens and they do not have this problem. I put her in a separate cage and she was still losing feathers. She has been checked for mites. Does anyone have any suggestions what it could be?
     
  2. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    How old is she? It sounds like she may be molting. This is a perfectly normal occurence in chickens and usually occurs for the first time around one year old. Chickens then molt about once a year from then on. They will gradually lose feathers all over their body and then grow them in. A molt usually takes between 6 weeks and 3 months.
     
  3. beetandsteet

    beetandsteet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If she is over a year old, she is more than likely molting---this is a natural occurrence, and no reason for concern. She may also be having a drop in egg production, due to the molt.
     
  4. Boo1562001

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    She is almost 2 years old and she hasnt layed eggs as often so hopefully she's molting. will she need any extra care whilst molting?
     
  5. BeachMomma

    BeachMomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A high protein diet, like flock raiser, will help. It takes a lot for chickens to lose feathers and regrow them and layer feed doesn't provide a high protein percentage. If you're unable to get flock raiser feed, tuna is a good protein treat as well as very scrambled eggs.
     

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