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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by scooter147, Oct 21, 2009.
Loss of appetite?
Generally acting as though they are sick or in pain.
I've been asking the same question in the emergencies/illness category because I have a hen that's acting a bit off.
I have some moulting right now, but they seem active and healthy. They are eating normally. The only symptom is that they look ugly.
Depending on the severity of the molt, yes, they can be lethargic, lose weight and good color, have egg issues, crop problems. The thing is that any small issue they have already can be exacerbated by the molt and their higher nutritional needs at that time. Some molt with no loss of anything, except feathers, of course, but it seems to hit certain ones quite hard.
The ones that are half naked are the ones that seem to just stand around, don't seem interested in food etc.
Mine act ok, no lethargy or anything..........Just look like they have been though a blender!