Feather loss

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Leonard Spellman, Oct 10, 2011.

  1. Leonard Spellman

    Leonard Spellman New Egg

    Oct 10, 2011
    Good Day. Writing from Devon, England. Two months back took over two laying hens from family who could not keep them. They came with house. Have them in large outdoor run in garden. One, called Dorcus, has, in past seven days lost very many feathers, bare patches of skin visible. When they arrived steamed cleaned house, and sprayed with anti red mite. Anti-mite carried out weekly. No infestation seen in hose or on birds. Other bir seems perfectly healthy. Very little knowledge of chickens. Last kept them as food during 2nd world War in London. Would very much advice and information from other who have knowledge of problem. Best wishes from across The Pond. Len Spellman.
  2. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

    May 18, 2009
    Hi Len -

    Welcome to BYC! Your girls may just be molting, and feather loss can be pretty severe! Just keep an eye on them. If they are acting fine and eating well, there should be no problem.
  3. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

    Mar 16, 2009
    onchiota NY
    Quote:have you considered molting?? When they lose ALOT of feathers almost overnight.. New ones start to grow in called pin feathers...It will be a good month or two before eggs begin appearing in your nest boxes again..It's normal and perfectly healthy for them to go through a few times in their lives-usually once a year...oh and [​IMG]
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2011
  4. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC. It definitely sounds like molt.
  5. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings, Leonard and [​IMG]. Wish I could help you with your feather loss problem but I'm kind of a novice still at this whole chicken thing. Best of luck to you! [​IMG]
  6. silkymom1986

    silkymom1986 The Silkie Villa

    Sep 28, 2011
    Byhalia, MS
    Yea, def sounds like molting, one of my hens is going thru the same thing, I freaked out at first until I found out about molting from the people on here. Go to the "Worst Chicken Molt Picture Contest" tab under announcements, there are tons of pics of molting hens, this should be able to help you know if that's what is going on or if it's something else, but if they are acting fine and eating, you should have nothing to worry about.
  7. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

    Hi Len! [​IMG] from WA. glad you joined us [​IMG] [​IMG]
  8. MSDeb

    MSDeb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Welcome to BYC. Hope you enjoy your stay.
  9. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
  10. True Grit

    True Grit Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG] from Minnesota. Mine are going through a moult as well and their combs lose the red colour and turn grayish pink. You can give them extra protein to help them through re-growing their feathers. I give mine mealworms and sunflower seed pieces.

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