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Help with sick bird?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Maine Chicken, Nov 29, 2009.

  1. Maine Chicken

    Maine Chicken New Egg

    May 7, 2008
    Belfast, ME
    Hi, hoping someone can give me some direction. I have 3 RIR that are approx. 18 mos. old. My best layer (her name is Thyme), appears to be going through a severe moult-her first ever. She has lost all of the feathers on her chest, tail, and legs. In itself, I guess that wouldn't be strange (except that neither of the other 2 are doing it). But she has a rather large lump (size of a half dollar) where her breast is. It appears to be right of center. Do you think she has a growth, or is this a normal part of the chicken anatomy? Sorry for the newbie questions. Also, it is getting quite cold up here. Without these feathers, isn't she going to get excessively cold? I put some heat lamps in the coop today just to help out. She is so small. It seems like something is wrong. Any thoughts? Worried Dad...
  2. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

    Jan 18, 2008
    Newman Lake, WA
    18 mos is the normal time for hens to molt. You are probably just seeing her crop, normal part of anatomy.

    That is where her food goes and so if it is big then your hen is eating well!

  4. Maine Chicken

    Maine Chicken New Egg

    May 7, 2008
    Belfast, ME
    Thank you so much for the quick responses! Greatly appreciated. Any thoughts on the cold and lack of feathers. Is it usually an issue for them?
  5. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    That sounds like a serious molt. Be sure to keep her warm. I don't think Maine is that warm this time of year. Some chickens don't go through a serious molt. Mine never look scraggly, just lose feathers. This year I had one actually lose all her feathers on her head. So bald for a while.
    The lump on Thyme is probably her crop (food storage before her stomach). I'll go look for a link to a better descrption.


    See others have already answered.
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2009

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