chickens lossing feathers

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ericmcginn5, Aug 11, 2013.

  1. ericmcginn5

    ericmcginn5 Chillin' With My Peeps

    375
    3
    91
    Apr 2, 2013
    i have 5 brown sex links i went camping for the weekend and i came back and there was feathers all over the coop all the chickens are still there so they werent attacket. i picked one up and 5 more feathers fell of. and they havent layed in a couple days are they molting or attacking each other
     
  2. ilovechickensx

    ilovechickensx Out Of The Brooder

    62
    4
    31
    Aug 4, 2013
    UK
    Hi there!

    Sounds like they are moulting if you're picking them up and feathers are falling out :) Mine usually moult later summer to winter time, but occasionally get the odd ball that moults whenever she feels like it. They use a lot of energy when moulting so usually go off lay.

    Give them a good check over for any mites/lice just in case, and keep a watchful eye for any feather plucking, but sounds like a moult to me.
     
  3. ericmcginn5

    ericmcginn5 Chillin' With My Peeps

    375
    3
    91
    Apr 2, 2013
    ok thank you the only thing is i dont think they are all lossing feathers
     
  4. ericmcginn5

    ericmcginn5 Chillin' With My Peeps

    375
    3
    91
    Apr 2, 2013
    they have mites how long after i treat them wil they start layying
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by