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Hen attacked/lost all belly feathers- can she stay in the cold

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Stephkyles, Dec 4, 2015.

  1. Stephkyles

    Stephkyles Out Of The Brooder

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    Something drug my hand off and plotter clean of her belly feathers and hind back feathers but she somehow managed to escape and showed back up the next morning. She doesn't have any major wounds but I'm concerned about her being in the cold without any feathers on her belly. Can she make it in the coop without a heating source? We live in Texas so the nights get down into the 40s and daytime is currently in the high 50s. She's about 2 years old. [​IMG]
     
  2. Jesusfreak101

    Jesusfreak101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would think she be ok but i give her the option to get in out of the wind during the day and see what she does. If she wont come out of the coop i going to say she cold if thats the case i would keep her inside at night for sure. I know were i live the low to night 37 so it be cold but it honestly depends on what part of texas you live. If you live in central/south texas she should be fine east/west/north texas i would be more concerned as those areas see snow.
     
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  3. Stephkyles

    Stephkyles Out Of The Brooder

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    I ordered her a chicken sweater and was going to see if that helped. I live near Houston.
     
  4. Jesusfreak101

    Jesusfreak101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You could try that she might not want to wear it. I live near san antonio pretty close to the same weather
     
  5. Stephkyles

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  6. CGilbert

    CGilbert Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The only bad thing about chicken sweaters is that it prevents them from being able to fluff their feathers to keep warm. Might want to look into that before putting her in it.
     

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