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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by marcus connor, Nov 24, 2014.
i need help with my hen it's has been like this for a couple of months and i don't know what to do
Is she molting? Please give more details on what is wrong with her. Can she stand and walk? Does she have any signs of lice and mites on her skin? Molt can last 1-2 months, and they usually stop laying eggs. What type of feed is she getting?
#1 no,#2yes she can stand,walk,run,#3 i don't know,#4 she is laying eggs 1-2 a day#5 she is getting ground corn,pellets
She looks to be getting feather picked possibly by other chickens, especially with new feather growing in in places, since you say she is not molting. There seems to be a lot of white flakes on her feathers which could be dry skin, lice, or a fungus called favus on her head. I would start bey cutting down on corn to less than 10 % of her diet, and giving her more pellets or even give her gamebird feed as a treat instead to increase the protein in her diet to regrow feathers. If other are pecking her, you will need to remove them from the flock or separate her. Mites and lice can cause skin problems and feather damage, and you can see them on the skin around the vent area or on other parts of the body. Lice eggs are white clumps at the base of feathers. Permethrin or Sevin dust used every 7-10 days until not signs of lice/mites are seen, plus replacing bedding in the coop is the treatment for those parasites. Anit-picking creams may help with picking, but you should observe the flock to see who is doing it.