Feathers Standing Up

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Wishapup, Dec 1, 2014.

  1. Wishapup

    Wishapup Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a 7 month old Red Sex-link pullet that has an electrified appearance. All her feathers are standing up, especially on her back. To me this tends to indicate discomfort in chickens. However, she's acting quite normally, and has been like this for over a week. She not hunched up or stationary, is moving around and eating and jumps on the roost at night. It makes her look almost like a Frizzle.

    I have over forty chickens so I can't tell if she's laying. No other birds have similar symptoms. She's not broody, either. She doesn't display any other signs and I have a large flock, so from searching on this site it doesn't sound very much like cocci. It is very cold, but other chickens would be showing similar behavior if that was the cause. Any ideas?
     
  2. Wishapup

    Wishapup Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's been about a month and she still looks like this. The way she walks almost seems uncomfortable (waddling slightly) but it's hard to tell.
     
  3. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    I don't know. She may be cold. Is she free of mites and worms? Or it may be genetic.
     
  4. Wishapup

    Wishapup Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the response! It's puzzling. The temps have warmed up and it's well above freezing, no snow now and the chickens are scratching around outside. There's no reason for her to be cold at these temps.

    She is a hatchery bird, and I have five others of the same breed. She started displaying it suddenly. I will have to check her for mites, but it seems like issues like that wouldn't only affect one bird. The other 42 are currently in the same coop as her.
     
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    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    I don't know if this means anything, but I had 4 Jerseys and one of them was so puffy it was odd. Her feathers still are, and it's not changed in 3 years. No idea why.
     
  6. Wishapup

    Wishapup Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for sharing that...did you have her as a chick? Did she look that way from the beginning?

    I'll try to get a picture tomorrow!
     
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    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    I did hatch her. She has always been poofy. She's certainly soft tho!
     
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    Wishapup Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Above photo was taken today. Shows the feathers standing up along her back especially. They never smooth back down but she was normal until she was 6-7 months old. Excuse the mud puddle she had walked into at the time!
     
  9. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    I wish I could remember which of my chickens had that. Maybe it went away and I just forgot.
     

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