do birds molt in this cold?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by vent12, Dec 11, 2013.

  1. vent12

    vent12 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a hen I found 2 days ago with missing tail feathers and blood on her back above the tail, I separated her to avoid pecking from the others and put her in an area with a heat lamp in my garage and this morning she has lost or pulled out her feathers on her neck. she is a approximately 1 year old and she is a a white leghorn. Any ideas?
     
  2. foreverlearning

    foreverlearning Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes they do, but with blood being found I would suspect parasites or a feather picker.
     
  3. vent12

    vent12 Out Of The Brooder

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    parasites on only 1 bird ? and what is a picker? how do I treat parasites?
     
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  4. foreverlearning

    foreverlearning Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes you can have parasites on only one bird, that's how a problem starts. Wild birds fly by or sit in your trees and some mites or lice fall off and go to the most compatible thing, chickens. Check the vent and feather shafts for something that looks like a q tip or really tiny bugs. If so, dust bird and coop with poultry dust or sevin 5%. The coop will need a good cleaning and repeat in 7-10 days. A feather picker is literally one of your birds plucking the feathers out of another bird. The three main causes for feather picking is parasites, not enough protein, or she is just a bully.
     
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  6. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes, chickens do molt at this time of year, and in cold temperatures. But I don't think that is what is wrong with your hen; I would suspect parasites or picking.
     
  7. Nambroth

    Nambroth Fud Lady

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    They sure can molt in the cold, much to our distress! But if you are finding blood, I would be much more suspicious of one of your other chickens... either intentionally pulling feathers off of her, or an overly-amorous rooster being too rough.
     
  8. vent12

    vent12 Out Of The Brooder

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    I haven't any roosters so my girls are innocent to that. with it being -15 can the parasites survive in the cold? and with the dust do you catch them and just dump it on them like baby powder?
     
  9. foreverlearning

    foreverlearning Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, they survive on the body heat of the hen itself. I dump it as close to the vent as possible and under the wings, then I'll slowly tip her back over and place her on her feet. Once on the feet they shake like just after a dust bath and it works it's way in to the skin level all over. There are many ways to dust a bird but all require that you keep it out of their face.
     
  10. vent12

    vent12 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you so much, seems like you just keep learning things. it's nice to have a place to turn for help. I also would like to know if you can use the diamatious earth as a natural way.
     

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