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Hen losing feathers

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by bpotts44, Jan 5, 2010.

  1. bpotts44

    bpotts44 Hatching

    Apr 4, 2009
    I have 12 RIRs about 10 months old. One is losing its feathers and looks quite pathetic at this point. This has been going on for several months. None of the others have lost any feathers. I feed them mostly Layena and some table scraps. Any thoughts??

  2. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

    Nov 25, 2007
    High Desert, CA
    Most likely it is molting. Are new small pin feathers coming in where the feathers are falling out? Chicken (er...most birds) molt old their old feathers in the fall/winter and grow in new ones. It's kind of like a dog shedding and growing in a winter coat.

    Edited to add...if you add a pic, we give a more definitive answer for you. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2010

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