Extremely Heavy Molt? Or mites?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by NewbieFarm, Dec 1, 2013.

  1. NewbieFarm

    NewbieFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    This is one of my hens, she looks sooo ragged. But she acts healthy as a horse. This looks to extreme to be just a molt.

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  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Well if she has mites, you'll see mites.
     
  3. NewbieFarm

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    I've looked, i couldn't see any. I'll try looking at night with a flashlight.
     
  4. It looks kinda like she's been over-mated. Do you have rooster(s)?
     
  5. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

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    Do you have a rooster? Looks like a heavy moult or overmating to me, but more like a heavy moult. Keep an eye on her for a week or so and see if any pin feathers grow in on the bare areas. If so, moult. If not, she's either being pecked or over-mated.

    If you're worried about mites, dust her, the coop and the nest boxes with Sevin dust. That will clear them right up. Sevin is actually labeled as a poultry dust for control of external parasites (although they don't often put that information on the consumer canister).

    Here's one of mine from this year:

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    All of that area on her breast and legs where you see the gray pin feathers coming in was as bare as a supermarket roasted chicken for two weeks before the pin feathers started coming in.
     
  6. NewbieFarm

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    @roostersandhens I have one rooster and 34 hens.
     

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