help! not sure if hen is molting or something else

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chicken parm, Mar 16, 2009.

  1. chicken parm

    chicken parm Out Of The Brooder

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    My hen started molting in the winter Dec. still hasn't grown in full feathers yet. tail feathers are cottony looking. and I just noticed her butt or vent area is bald and raw. what could be wrong?
     
  2. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

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    It could quite possibly be feather picking. Pics?
     
  3. DouglasPeeps

    DouglasPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2008
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    If you could post pictures that would help.

    It certainly could be picking...... Do you have a rooster?
     
  4. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

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    Even if there's no rooster, feather picking still happens. Especially in winter when they're bored. Unfortunately, it even happens in our small flock of hens.
     
  5. chicken parm

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    No rooster, haven't gotten pics yet. she looks healthy, eyes clear, comb colorful. 7 other hens look ok.
     
  6. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

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    I'd guess that the molting presented nice fluffy underfeathers and bare skin, and the other bored hens said, "Oh, look! Yum!" and that started feather picking.
     
  7. DouglasPeeps

    DouglasPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2008
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    Quote:Sorry, I didn't word my questions right. I know that feather picking occurs with or without a rooster, but I was just asking for more information from the OP.
     
  8. chicken parm

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    pecking could be the problem, never seen them do it but it could be going on at night. should I separate her till she heals? any meds needed for the bare skin?
     
  9. HorseFeathers

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    Put duct tape or a saddle over the bare patch on her back if that is picked. The vent you can't do anything about, really... separate her with a cage (we use a dog cage) in the coop so she isn't lonely but the other hens can't pick at her. And wait until the feathers grow back (luckily with a molt this won't take long).
     
  10. chicken parm

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    I have a empty coop I can put her in for a while. do you think she would be to lonely by herself? would they except her back when she's better?
     

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