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Constant moult

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chicknmania, Sep 1, 2013.

  1. chicknmania

    chicknmania Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Jan 26, 2007
    central Ohio
    We have a Golden Comet hen, about three years old, who is in a constant moult. She has been that way all summer. I also noticed her clucking a couple of weeks ago, the way a hen does when she is going broody. She did not go broody, (and never has) and I haven't noticed the clucking lately. She otherwise seems healthy. Is there a cure for this? I've noticed this before in Golden Comet hens, although not for this long...
  2. Whittni

    Whittni Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 26, 2011
    Southern Utah
    Maybe she needs more protein, try giving her good snacks for a few weeks. She could also have mites, so just check.
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2013
  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Could be mites/lice.

    I agree with whittni- up the protein.
  4. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    I would increase her protein--try giving high-protein treats like mealworms, wet cat food, scrambled eggs, etc. You could also switch to a higher protien feed, like game bird grower, and see if that makes a difference. I would definitely check for mites/lice, too.

    To check for parasites, look under the hackle feathers and wings, near the oil gland, and near the vent. Mites will appear as small black moving specks, and lice will appear as moving yellow blobs. If one bird has mites/lice, chances are all of your birds have them.To treat mites/lice, dust with poultry dust or 5% SEvin dust, or spray the bird with another mite/lice spray. Clean the bedding out of the coop, spray the walls and floor with vinegar or Sevin liquid, and put in fresh bedding.

    It could be that she is just getting old. I've heard that production hens (Golden Comets, Red Stars, etc.) tend to have difficult, sometimes incomplete molts, especially as they get older.
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2013
  5. chicknmania

    chicknmania Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Jan 26, 2007
    central Ohio
    OK, I will do that, although the flock free ranges, so they get plenty of protein this time of year, and I'm sure they have SOME lice/ mites...but they do dust, they have dusting holes and use them.
    I can add some DE to the holes, or Sevin dust, although a lot of times they won't use them if we do that. Also she is the only one who seems to have a problem.

    I think that's a good guess about the production reds and moulting, since I've seen them look pretty raggedy a lot f times, not only ours but other people's too.

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