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feather loss

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by EpiphanyChicks, Feb 26, 2009.

  1. EpiphanyChicks

    EpiphanyChicks Hatching

    Jul 3, 2008
    i live in massachusetts, so it's been pretty cold.
    i have 8 ee hens, that seem to be healthy and happy,
    we get an average of 6 eggs per day,
    they are in a house we sized for 16 hens,
    and they eat like crazy: layer crumbles, greens and corn.

    yesterday one hen had a bald spot on her back
    today several more do!
    I don't see any mites,
    and they're still eating and laying.

    we put corn and greens around outside to encourge
    them to come out and scratch around so they don't get bored

    anyone have any ideas? they were hatched & gotten from Ideal last july...

    thanks in advance, i'm a little freaked out!

  2. katrinag

    katrinag Songster

    They could be having a mini molt.
  3. ChickyBabe

    ChickyBabe In the Brooder

    May 14, 2007
    I know this will sound a little odd but do they have access to walnuts? We have a black walnut tree by our coop and my chickys ate them and started losing their feathers

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