Doris the buckeye hen . . . lonely, molting or bugs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by lmz534, Aug 17, 2011.

  1. lmz534

    lmz534 Out Of The Brooder

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    My precious 3 month old (+/-) Buckeye hen, Doris, is alone in her run for the moment, her rare breed buddies were sold a week or two ago. I have noticed an increase in the number of feathers in her pen. She is still active, eating and drinking. I make sure to give her more one on one attention and treats since she is the only-bird (until this weekend). She ocassionally scratches her head and sometimes other parts of the body. but not excessively. She looks a tad ruffled but not patchy or sickly. Can a pullet this age molt?

    I am relatively new to birds. how do I check for mites, fleas etc? Should I trea her and the run with D.E. to be safe? I hate bugs and the idea that she may be infested makes me sick to my stomach. I don't know what to do! She is still on grower, but am slowly switching her to to finisher. She gets seeds, fresh veggies/fruit, crushed granite and meal worms on a daily basis and has 5 gallons of clean water to herself. Am I a bad mother?! Help would be appreciated, I want this resolved before my 3 White orp pullets come Saturday! Thanks in advance guys!
     
  2. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2010
    Grand Blanc, MI
    Do a search on mites just to be safe but she is probably molting into her adult plumage right now. If that is it, you can increase her protein intake to help her grow new feathers.
     

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