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Hen losing feathers!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by cbrooks, Sep 13, 2016.

  1. cbrooks

    cbrooks New Egg

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    Hi all,
    I'm new to raising chickens and concerned about one of our hens. She's losing ALOT of feathers, especially around her rear and near her wings with a little on the top of her head. She's just barely over a year old. There are only four and they are rotated between little paddocks. They have more then enough room, have a balanced diet and I haven't noticed any pecking..ever. Our Great Pyrenees also keeps predators to pretty much zero. I've considered that she may be molting but she has lots of feathers broken off mid-shaft. Is that normal? There was a bunch of feathers in her dust bath today. Any advice? Thanks!
     
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  2. Violetsfeathers

    Violetsfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have a rooster?
    If she was molting there would be pin feathers where the old feathers were
     
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  3. cbrooks

    cbrooks New Egg

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    No, we don't have a rooster. I don't see any pin feathers yet (not sure how long it takes to see them), but I also don't see any creepy crawlies on her. Her skin is slightly pink but not what I'd consider inflamed. Could it be lice or mites? Wouldn't I be able to see them?
     
  4. Violetsfeathers

    Violetsfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought you had a rooster because it sounds like over mating. Maybe the other hens are picking her feathers out. You might have to separate her until she gets all her feathers back.
     

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