feather loss

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by sophyluvssilkie, Feb 5, 2015.

  1. sophyluvssilkie

    sophyluvssilkie Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a silkie hen and in the past few days she has been loosing feathers like crazy. I went out to feed her this morning and there were feathers all over the ground. she was laying on golf balls last week and I took them out of the nest box while she was sleeping. I was just thinking that it is too early for molting. Could she be depressed?
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    Chickens can molt any time of the year, usually first at 16-18 months of age, and yearly thereafter. But they also may have a molt when severely stressed, such as after brooding chicks, or when suddenly going without food, water, or other stress factor. Also look her over for any signs of lice or mites and eggs. Offer her some scrambled egg, tuna, or high protein gamebird feed to increase her dietary protein to help re-grow feathers. Here is some info on molting:
    http://www.grit.com/animals/molting-what-is-it--how-to-help-chickens-get-through-it.aspx
    http://msucares.com/poultry/management/poultry_feathers.html
    http://www.nutrenaworld.com/knowledge-center/poultry/the-molting-process/index.jsp
     
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  3. sophyluvssilkie

    sophyluvssilkie Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you so much!!!
     

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