Feather loss and staggering

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ChickTex, Nov 14, 2015.

  1. ChickTex

    ChickTex Hatching

    Apr 27, 2015
    I went in the coop yesterday and there were several feathers on the ground. I spotted the Rhode Island Red that had lost those feathers. I assumed she started a sudden and hard molt, but today I went out there and she was staggering. Any ideas??

  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Make sure that she is not being deprived of food and water (which can start a molt) and that she is not being feather-picked or bullied. Look for any paralysis of her legs, which could be a sign of botulism (which can cause feathers to come off easily.) Botulism comes from eating rotted vegetation, maggots, or dead animal remains. It is very deadly. Hopefully she just needs some fluids and electrolytes. I would probably bring her inside in a cage for 24 hours for observation, and give her some egg and poultry vitamins/electrolytes in her water.

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