HELP -extreme feather loss of frizzle hen

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by nursecoupe, Sep 16, 2013.

  1. nursecoupe

    nursecoupe New Egg

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    Please can anyone advise- our hen has been loosing feathers and now its got to a stage where is getting much worse, i have no idea what is causing this, we have 6 hens and this is the only one with this presentation. We have bathed all the chickens and have noticed the odd red mite which we are going to treat....could this be the cause of her feather loss or is it something else. Whats the best treatment for mites?
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  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    How old is it? Probably molting. How long have you had chickens?

    5% Sevin for mites.
     
  3. nursecoupe

    nursecoupe New Egg

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    Hi there, i would say she is about 12 months old now, we had all of them since 7 weeks old
     
  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    So this is her second autumn. I'm sure she's molting.
    Up her protein during the molt and until she starts laying again.
     
  5. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Looks/sounds like she's molting, as chickens usually molt at around 1-1 1/2 years of age. When they molt, hens stop laying, their combs and wattles shrink, and they may not act normal. Molts usually finish in 1-3 months, depending on the bird. To help her grow in new feathers faster, you can increase her protein intake by giving her wet cat food, mealworms, and other insects.
     

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