Cornish losing feathers on crop?

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  1. mesz5

    mesz5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I checked on the girls to tonight and my Cornish has lost All the feathers on her crop?? Her crop looks swollen, but it's the end of the day and she has been eating all day? Her crop is squishy and soft? They do not have access to long grass this time of year, but there is a lot of straw and hay in the coop that they all scratch and pick at. I have been feeding them mostly layena crumbles, some cracked corn, things like pears and cauliflower? She isn't missing feathers anywhere else... So I assume it isn't molt. Guess I'll see how her crop is in the morning... Any ideas?
     
  2. cassie

    cassie Overrun With Chickens

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    How old is this chicken? Cornish X go through stages where they look kind of naked. If I were you, I would be feeding them broiler or turkey feed, not layena.
     
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    I don't know if it is common for them to pull out their feathers over the crop if it is impacted or sour, but it would make sense. I would check her in the morning. If it is still full and squishy, that sounds more like sour crop. Here is a good link: http://www.tillysnest.com/2012/01/crop-issues.html
     
  4. mesz5

    mesz5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks... She's 9 months old and I didn't know to feed her something different... Yikes guess I'll try and figure that one out
     
  5. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Is she a cornish hen or a cornish cross (meat bird?) Layer would be fine for a cornish hen.
     
  6. mesz5

    mesz5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. mesz5

    mesz5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just checked on the girls... Her crop was empty!! HOOORAY, BUT now I have no idea why she's picking out those feathers??? She seems fine and happy??
     
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    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Check her all over for lice and mites. Could she be starting a molt?
     
  9. mesz5

    mesz5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe she's molting?? The rest of her feathers look fine?? So strange... I didn't see lice/mites but I will check again today.
     
  10. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Okay, I just reread where you said she is only 9 months old--probably not a molt, but they do have mini-molts several times the first year. Maybe a friend is picking out her feathers there.
     

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