Hard molt? Dead hen?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by caribabcock, Oct 9, 2015.

  1. caribabcock

    caribabcock New Egg

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    Last spring I bought some hens at the auction. Two I thought were pullets ended up being small chickens. Anyway, one of them has been losing feathers which looked like a typical molt and turned into a hard molt which turned into a dead hen this morning. I have a couple others molting but not as bad. But now I'm freaking out that maybe there's a disease going on? They haven't been out of their area in months (my garden is right there) is there any diseases I could or should be looking out for? We've had some drastic weather changes the last couple weeks so I'm wondering if a combination of molt and weather? I just don't want to lose my whole flock.

    Pic when I got them [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2015
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    An occasional dead chicken happens a lot, there can be some diseases transmitted by wild birds, and stress from the molt and changing weather can bring on some illness, I wouldn't worry unless you see some identifiable symptoms or more die.
     
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  3. PerfectPlumage

    PerfectPlumage Chillin' With My Peeps

    A pullet IS a chicken.. A female one.. Do you mean they ended up being small roosters?
     
  4. caribabcock

    caribabcock New Egg

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    A pullet is a young female chicken, I mean they ended up being full grown they were like Bantu Easter eggers. They both laid and then they stopped.
     
  5. PerfectPlumage

    PerfectPlumage Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oh, that's what you meant. Heh. My bad.
     

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