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Hello all! New to chickens and new help

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by chipNdale, Oct 8, 2013.

  1. chipNdale

    chipNdale New Egg

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    I've taken over my sisters lovely chickens and they are great. One of them seams to be stressing out way too much. She has started loosing ALL her feathers. She's about 3 years old and doesn't lay anymore. I love her in my coop still, but not sure if she's Dying. Not sure what to do with her. Also have one hen that's coughing. Do chickens get sick? For the 9 chickens I have, I'm doing great with them and they are all still alive...well most of them. Poor small fry is not looking so hot! Any advice would be appreciated.
    Thanks :)
     
  2. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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  4. AK Baha

    AK Baha Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. Cluky

    Cluky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    she could be moulting. sometimes hen they start thy look pathetic
     
  6. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
     
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Happy you joined!
     
  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. As others have mentioned, the hen losing her feathers is most likely in a molt. The 'coughing' hen may be a more serious problem.
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG] The hen does sound like she is in full molt - they can end up nearly bald and very moth eaten. Added protein will help for regrowing new feathers. Also at her age she won't be laying as well as when she was younger.

    Is the coughing something new in the other bird, or did she arrive that way? Does your sister have any advice to offer?
     
  10. dschicken

    dschicken Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, sounds like she's in molt and yes chickens can get sick. Hope all goes well.
     

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