EMERGENCY----EXTREME Feather Loss

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ConnecticutCowgirl, Oct 24, 2014.

  1. ConnecticutCowgirl

    ConnecticutCowgirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all,
    One of my hens seems to be suffering from major feather loss. Is this molt or lice, or some type of disease? I love this bird, and really want to try and help her get better...
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  2. caj1985

    caj1985 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The underneath feathers around vent look matted in the picture which would indicate feather-eating mites. If this is correct, you will need to treat this bird as well as all the birds in the flock. I could be wrong because the picture doesn't zoom clearly on my computer.
     
  3. davemonkey

    davemonkey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd say either molting, or she is getting broody. (Broody hens often pull belly feathers so they can get mroe body heat on the eggs.)
     
  4. davemonkey

    davemonkey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It would be good to know her age, the age of your other hens, whether any of them have gone through a molt before, whether you have seen any lice upon inspection, and whether you see any sign of redness/swelling that might indicate mites....
     
  5. ConnecticutCowgirl

    ConnecticutCowgirl Out Of The Brooder

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    I checked again. there doesn't appear to be any matted feathers near the vent. Her skin doesn't look incredibly irritated either...
     
  6. ConnecticutCowgirl

    ConnecticutCowgirl Out Of The Brooder

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    She's 2 years and 2 months old... I haven't seen any mites. I have two age groups of hens, some just over a year old, others 2 years and 2 months. There doesn't appear to be much irritation, and I can see new feathers starting to come in.
     
  7. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    Hard to tell from photos on the chicken, but the coop floor has a lot of feathers there. I would examine closely to make sure no mites or lice. Makes sure no scabs or sores on the featherless areas. Look for new pin = feathers trying to come in the areas of loss - if you see those then IMO it's more likely a molt.
     
  8. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    My post was before this one came up. Sounds like she's molting. If acting, eating normally, just watch to be sure. Expect to be finding feathers in her living areas.
     
  9. ConnecticutCowgirl

    ConnecticutCowgirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Should I examine the feathers on the floor as well?
     
  10. ConnecticutCowgirl

    ConnecticutCowgirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Are there any more pictures I can provide to get a better opinion?
     

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