Help! Loss of feathers on stomach- panicked!!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by NikkisChix, Sep 8, 2014.

  1. NikkisChix

    NikkisChix Out Of The Brooder

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    this is my first flock and they were born between March 19 and April?? I noticed today that 5 out of the 8 hens have NO feathers on their stomachs!! Their skin is white not red and otherwise they seem fine. What's happening?!?!
     
  2. HugHess

    HugHess Chickrack Addict

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    Could they be molting and or ready to lay eggs? New here so guessing.
    Will have to follow this thread...
     
  3. NikkisChix

    NikkisChix Out Of The Brooder

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    They have been laying for about a month? I don't think it's a molt bc everything I've read mentions a molt starting around the head. This is specifically from the bottom of their vent downward in the direction of their head about the circumference of a large onion on some and a lemon on others. Their skin isn't red at all and only one one hen did it look a little bruised maybe and a few little scabs which makes me think feather picking??
     
  4. Emma-Leigh

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    Hens will pluck their own feathers out when they are getting ready to go broody.......
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Pull them off the roost at night, well after dark, and check for mites and lice.

    Broody feather pulling usually starts towards the breast area.

    Molting can start anywhere...since they are about 6 months old they may be partially molting, young birds molt 3-4 times before year of age.
     
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  6. NikkisChix

    NikkisChix Out Of The Brooder

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    I have not seen any evidence of mites or lice. I have realized that hey are all losing feathers in the same area but some more noticeable that others. The skin is not inflamed at all and there are some pin feathers
     
  7. NikkisChix

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    Best picture I could get from one of the birds. On the left of the photo is part of back leg.
     
  8. NikkisChix

    NikkisChix Out Of The Brooder

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    Here are pictures I took today. I checked tail and neck etc for lice- nothing and my friend didn't see anything either...

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  9. 3chickchicks

    3chickchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You might watch them a while and see if someone is plucking others. Also make sure their nutrition is up to par and perhaps take a stool sample to a vet to rule out worms.
     

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