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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Kymberly, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. Kymberly

    Kymberly Hatching

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    We have 5 chickens, the are red sex linked laying hens. For some time one of them was broody and we stopped that by putting her in a temporary time out. She shortly went back to laying but for the last month has ceased. I noticed some extra feathers and assumed that they were molting but I got a really good look at her today and she is the only one. I want to correct what ever is ailing her before it gets out of control. She is eating and drinking, I gave her some and the others some rolled oats and she was very interested in eating them along with the others. The only symptom I can see is the loss of feathers. Does anybody know what I need to do from here?
     

  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing Staff Member Premium Member

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    How old are they? Could be a partial molt or even a molt. The others could be pulling her feathers, too, although usually they eat what they pull.
     
  3. Kymberly

    Kymberly Hatching

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    I don't think the others are doing it because I haven't seen them do it and I do spend a lot of time with them. They are about 1 year old. Is it common for only one to molt at a time?
     
  4. TravisE

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    i got four that are almost a year. they will be on the 24th. red sex links go though a mini molt at around 9 month. my all did. but its usally the tail and neck feather that they loose. my coop looked like some one had a pillow fight in it.
    hope this helps
     
  5. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Crowing Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!
     
  6. Kymberly

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    YES!! Thank you, only one so far and that is where all of her feathers are missing it seems. I was worried but other than the loss of feathers she seems to be doing fine. Thank you!
     
  7. TravisE

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    she will look funny for a while. at least yours didnt start when it was in the single digets like mine did[​IMG]. all you can do is laugh when they are molting.
     

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