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Concern about first molt after lice

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by pluckytree, Oct 20, 2015.

  1. pluckytree

    pluckytree Chirping

    Jul 21, 2012
    Mountain View, CA
    Last fall, one of our hens took a long time coming out of her molt and then we realized that something was wrong when the molting stopped. She had lice and it had eaten away a lot of her incoming feathers. This year she’s covered in quills (that’s good!), but what’s emerging from them is a very thin strand, less than an inch at most. Since I haven’t seen a featherless chicken molt before, is this what a normal feather would look like as it emerges?

    I haven’t seen any evidence of lice or worsening of her feathers since we discovered it.

    - Chris

  2. Yes I'm pretty sure that is what the feathers look like but they should be getting thicker in 2-4 days. If she molts into a chicken with no feathers, try rubbing emu oil onto her( a drop goes a long way). It helped someone's horse whose chest was cut open heal quickly. You can get it at any health food store.

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