Help! I'm not sure what's happening to her!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Equest94, Nov 27, 2008.

  1. Equest94

    Equest94 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I came home for the Thanksgiving Holiday and this morning when I went to feed and water the chickens I noticed a pile of feathers in the coop (an array of them... some from every bird)...it looks like someone shot a pillow or something.

    Anyways, I don't think much of it since they lose feathers all the time and the coop probably wasn't really swept out totally since the cold weather hit. Well, my care-less attitude changed when I saw my favorite hen. She looks as if she were hit by a truck! Her feathers are falling out... she has bald spots on her back, her chest and under her neck. She looks like she was chewed on... there's just fluffy-down feathers. Now, she's the dominate hen and no one dares to mess with her, so I doubt another chicken did this to her (and yes, we do have a rooster, but this doesn't looks anything like the over-mating feathers scratched out sort of thing). They get enough food, water, and turnout time so I doubt there's any real fighting going on.

    Since there's piles of feathers from everyone and everyone looks a bit shabby, my first thought was that they are molting, but after seeing how bad that hen looks and how the feathers are falling out when I pet her, I'm not sure. Would they still molt this heavily in the winter? I never saw a molt look so bad before, but then again I'm not home very much....

    (NOTE: She still eats, although not as food motivated as she normally is and she also seem a bit grumpy. Also, we haven't been getting eggs lately....all the chickens are 2 yro)



    If anyone can tell me what is going on with her I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you in advance, and Happy Thanksgiving.

    (I can try to post pictures if needed...)
     
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2008
  2. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    Sounds to me like a hard moult.
     
  3. Equest94

    Equest94 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you. See that's what I figured, but I'm a bit of a worry wart...

    Is there anything I should give to them to boost of their vit and mineral level (especially to the 1 hen) or do I just leave them with the basic food/water/oyster shells and be done with it?
     
  4. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    Quote:They need extra protien. I give mine dry cat food as a treat when moulting.
     

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