Help! Is my hen sick?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by dulcipher, Jan 20, 2018.

  1. dulcipher

    dulcipher In the Brooder

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    see attached pictures. Just noticed yesterday loosing feathers around head quite a bit. Seems ok otherwise.
     

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  2. DwayneNLiz

    DwayneNLiz ...lost...

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    do you have a rooster?
    that is where they tend to hang on when mating

    but can you also get a close-look at the skin where they are missing?
    but i still think a randy rooster is the cause
     
  3. dulcipher

    dulcipher In the Brooder

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    No Rooster here, just three hens.

     
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  4. DwayneNLiz

    DwayneNLiz ...lost...

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    the hens could have done it too, a lot of times when you have a hen-only flock one of the hens will become the alpha and start acting like a rooster and may even start crowing

    try looking her over closely for mites and such, maybe spray the area with some blukote

    what are you feeding? sometime feather eating/plucking can be a sign that they need more protein
     
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    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    How big is the Roost they share?..Possibly confinement and someone's a bit bossy...
     
  6. azygous

    azygous Crossing the Road

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    Your hen is molting. Notice all the slim feather shafts, like porcupine quills on the back of her head? Those are new feathers coming in to replace the old, used ones. Most chickens begin molt on the head and neck. Look under her feathers on the wing "shoulders". You may see more "quills" emerging.

    If you girl was a chick summer before last, she will be having her first molt.
     
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    azygous Crossing the Road

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    Also, during molt, a chicken may behave in a manner that indicates she doesn't feel well, and she may lose weight. This is normal.
     
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    D7F146B7-BAE5-4675-9136-D4BBC2ECF2FF.jpeg A7EDDA3D-2E26-445C-89A9-6CFF3ABFEEDB.jpeg 39987CFB-611C-4EC5-82F0-4BBE09BC313D.jpeg Bless everyone for this info I literally just took pictures of one of our BO lady’s that is having the same thing going on and was getting ready to post for advice thank you thank you here’s our lady
     
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  9. DwayneNLiz

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    LOL, i didnt even notice those at first! you must have better eyes than me, or maybe i'll blame my dirty computer screen
     

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