Hen losing feathers, Help!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 1stimechick, Oct 11, 2011.

  1. 1stimechick

    1stimechick Hatching

    Jan 8, 2011
    I have a hen who is 13 months old. During the last 2 weeks I have noticed she is losing feathers all over her body. I noticed the feathers around her bottom are growing back in. Not sure if she is still laying eggs either since I have another hen who lays as well. Today I noticed she had almost clear diarrhea with a little white mixed in it. Nothing like the normal droppings.

    She does not appear to be acting any differently than normal. She is eating and wondering around as usual.

    Is the feather loss normal? I live in Florida and the weather has been about 88 lately which is actually cooler than the last 3 months.

    Thank you for any advice.

  2. Prisserbabe

    Prisserbabe Songster

    Jul 8, 2011
    The chicken coop
    Probaly just molting... but I have never had a molting chickens so i wouldnt really know
  3. CrestedGirl

    CrestedGirl Polish Obsessed

    Mar 7, 2011
    Fort Worth, Tx
    I think your hen is molting, it is completely normal. Chickens usually molt once a year and stop laying eggswhen this happens.
  4. BitsyB

    BitsyB Chirping

    Aug 30, 2010
    Northern Delaware
    Sounds like she is moulting, which is normal, and the fact that new feathers are growing in is good.

    But- the clear/white watery poop may mean something else is wrong. If it lasts for more than a few days I'd be concerned.

    Anyone...? [​IMG]

  5. christineavatar

    christineavatar Songster

    May 1, 2011
    Bolinas, CA
  6. wbruder17

    wbruder17 Songster

    Jun 7, 2010
    Portland, OR
    There are a pllethora of "normal" droppings. There is actually a chicken poo chart youu can look at. There are hundreds of pictures of normal poops.
  7. yankeedoodle300

    yankeedoodle300 Songster

    Jul 22, 2011
    Chicken Heaven
    I Might just be a molt.

  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member 9 Years

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    She is molting - a yearly occurrence.

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