Hens losong their feathers!!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ginger497, Jun 29, 2011.

  1. ginger497

    ginger497 In the Brooder

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    I have had 12 hens for over a year now and since march, they have been losing their feathers and they havent grown back yet. I thought it was just molting, but do they molt for a long time or is it a nutritional problem?
     

  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    What are you feeding them? Is there a roo in with them?

    A long molt is possible, but there may be other causes.
     
  3. ginger497

    ginger497 In the Brooder

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    I have been giving them layer mash, plenty of grass and I give them other greens, carrots, and vegies.
     
  4. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Songster

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    Could be feather pecking from the others god I hope not.
     
  5. ginger497

    ginger497 In the Brooder

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    well, what does that mean?
     
  6. Crabella

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    Feather picking is when the hens pull feathers out of each other. It can be a sign that they need protein or be from over crowding. It can become a habit that is hard to break. Try feeding higher protein feed. Some add cat food as a source of protein. Maybe that will help. If it is a prolonged molt, the additional protein will help them grow feathers back more quickly.

    oh, and [​IMG] You can use the search function to look for "feather picking" or "feather loss" and find further information. Keep us posted on how they are doing.
     
  7. I have WHAT in my yard?

    I have WHAT in my yard? Songster

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    I don't mean to hijack your thread ginger, but I have been struggling with this for six months! Several of my hens seemed to be bottom of the pile and getting badly picked on. Their backs were bald! So, I separated the three from the flock so their feathers could grow back ------ no luck! These three picked on each other even more!!

    Anyone have ideas what to do next?? Now I have a broody going which is simply not going to help flock dynamics!
     

  8. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    I have WHAT in my yard? :

    I don't mean to hijack your thread ginger, but I have been struggling with this for six months! Several of my hens seemed to be bottom of the pile and getting badly picked on. Their backs were bald! So, I separated the three from the flock so their feathers could grow back ------ no luck! These three picked on each other even more!!

    Anyone have ideas what to do next?? Now I have a broody going which is simply not going to help flock dynamics!

    I don't like pinless peepers, but if the situation was bad enough they may be warranted.​
     
  9. ginger497

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    Crabella,
    I Really Appreciate The Information....... I Did Read A Little Bit About The Lack Of Protien And Will Try To Suppliment This. Never Thought Of The Cat Food! Thanks For The Tip!

    I Have What In My Ward,
    I Don't Mind. These Forums Are Here For Information And Feedbacks! I Appreciate Your Input Also! GOOD LUCK WIH YOUR HENS!
     
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2011

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