Hen losing feathers. Did I cause this?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by courtney19, Nov 16, 2009.

  1. courtney19

    courtney19 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi. I have been treating my hen with what I think is wry neck for about a week now. She seems to be getting better as far as that condtion goes, however, now she has been losing A LOT of feathers. Like, everytime she moves, a whole pile falls out.

    She spent the first couple days of treatment in the house, and has been sleeping in the basement for the last few nights. So I am thinking I may have caused her to start molting, since it's a lot warmer in here than outside. Is this possible?

    Or could this be a side effect from the antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medicine?

    Will she grow these feathers back for the winter?
     
  2. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    She is just molting. It's that time of year. There are some things that will bring on a molt (usually when you don't want one [​IMG] ) such as significant feed or lighting changes.
     
  3. courtney19

    courtney19 Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks for the reassurance. she just looks so pitiful losing all those feathers, especially while going through this wry neck stuff. i just want to see her recover from it all.
     

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