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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

    Oct 26, 2015
    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

    Jul 24, 2013
    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

    Aug 21, 2015
    SE Texas
    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

    Boo1562001 New Egg

    Oct 26, 2015
    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

    Jun 25, 2015
    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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