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Help, my chicken is loosing her feathers

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by MTcitychick, Jan 1, 2009.

  1. MTcitychick

    MTcitychick Hatching

    Jan 1, 2009
    I am new to the whole chicken farm and I just moved to a new state so I am not even familiar with the area. I have three chickens, two my husband brought home so they brought pests with them. They had lice and I treated them with Python dust. I bought it at the co-op and it is for large animals ie cow ect. and the lady said to just light sprinkle them. I think it worked. I did the chickens and their bedding twice and then the chickens two more times. I took one of the chickens the vet and he made a comment about mites. Her feathers around her tail are all broken but she has her tail and I had just treated them twice and she seemed to be getting better. The other one was worse and is now fine. Now her feathers are broken 1/2 way up her back??? I am confused. I can see flakes on her and the other chicken but my chicken seems fine and the other one seems to have all of her feathers intact. What should I do?? This one chicken has a really curved beak too so I am not sure how healthy she is in general. She does eat like a horse. The two chickens my husband rescued were suppose to be 12 to 16 weeks but now they would be 6 to 7 months and we mabe get an egg a week total from the two. They are bantam ameracanas but they lay brown eggs.
  2. Fresh Eggs

    Fresh Eggs Songster

    Jan 1, 2009

    Perhaps they are molting??? See an avain doctor or a vet if it gets alot worse. Birds in particular hide any weaknesses until it is too late, keep a close eye on em!!
  3. maymiegirl

    maymiegirl Songster

    Jul 27, 2008
    This sounds like a defficiency to me. There are several places on ebay and the net where you can buy RED PALM OIL. It is a pasty oil that you can cook with. It comes from the Red Palm and has been researched in over 600 cases to kill human breast cancer cells...

    However, Red Palm Oil is Excellent for exterior parasites in birds. Chickens skin is designed to absorb sunlight and nutrients from outside their bodies. If they lose feathers and develop dryness or discoloration of the skin, it is a good idea to moisturize it with a type of oil such as this. Also, you should definitely add it to their diet for beautiful results. Red Palm Oil is LOADED with xanthiones and vitamins birds need. If you try it you will be amazed at the results. Chickens love the taste and will choose to peck it out of their food if you add it to the feed.

    But still keep an eye on them to be sure it's not a result of anything serious. Diamotaceous Earth is excellent to keep in their nesting boxes. It pulverizes a great deal of the parasitic monsters that can make your babies very uncomfortable. If you are waiting for any of these products to come, you can give them cat food, which has a lot of the protein they need to make feathers.
  4. moduckman

    moduckman Songster

    Jan 2, 2009
    Cairo, Missouri
    Sounds like a severe case of feather mites. One thing will get everything - lice , mites, you name it. That's Frontline Spray. It costs about $30 for an 8-oz. bottle, but a little goes a long way. The dusts and sprays are good for some things but not all. Frontline is by far worth the money!!!
  5. jools22

    jools22 In the Brooder

    Jan 10, 2009
    Help. Im trying to work out how to use this site so i hope im in the right place. One of my chickens is losing its neck feathers. The others are not. She is otherwise healthy with red crop and good appetite. I am in south australia and the weather is rather warm. Could it just be moulting
  6. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    Quote:Hello and Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    It could be just moulting.

    Do you have any roosters? I've noticed our girls' necks get a bit bare from the roos mounting them.

    Hope this is some help to you!


    FARMERDANNC Hatching

    Feb 24, 2008
    Washington, NC
    I am having the same problem only my chickens are loseing feather on top at the base of their tail and sometimes the other chickens will peck them, they seem fine and I am getting good egg production even in the cold weather they just look bad.

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