I can't figure out what is going on

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by patti17340, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. patti17340

    patti17340 Out Of The Brooder

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    OK.. I hope I picked the right place to post this.. I do not think my chicken is sick, or has a pest.. I am hoping it is just molting so I feel this is a managing question.. I have never seen a molting chicken so I have no idea what it look likes.. My littlest hen started loosing feathers on her chest about 8 weeks ago.. Started as a quater size and now her whole neck is bare and it starting to go down her chest...Last week I noticed one of the others is now loosing feathers on her chest too.. The other 2 seem to be find..They are eatting and drinking fine.. I have 4 hens .. I have gotten 2 to 3 eggs everyday all winter.. they are just 2 years old.. this week I have been getting 3 eggs each day.. I see no sign of lice or bugs.. no open areas .. The chicken house is clean.. Should I be worried about anything.. I can take a picture and post it tomorrow if that would help. Thanks for taking the time to help me out..patti
     
  2. jed2012

    jed2012 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hmm.... maybe pecking order problems? [​IMG]
     
  3. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If it the feathers are gone from an area and the rest of the feathers on hen look fine, then it most likely feather plucking by the other hen(s). It is either boredom or to low protein in their diet.
     
  4. jed2012

    jed2012 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    that's grotey -_-
     
  5. Mtn Laurel

    Mtn Laurel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How old is your hen? Two of my girls have been going through a mini-molt that began in January. Mine aren't quite a year old. Both lost feathers most obviously around their neck area and around their butts. The one girl has recovered, her new feathers have come in and she's begun to lay again. The second girl is just getting her neck feathers back and hasn't resumed laying. The combs on both my hens shriveled and became pale as they were going through this molt.

    Wondering how old your gals are and if you noticed a change in their combs. Also - I watched my girls and one WAS eating feathers! She was molting as she did this so I upped her protein and she stopped the feather eating. I added BOSS and meat to their diet for a while and that seemed to help. I also got them a flock block so that they'd have something else to pick at instead of each other and that helped, too.
     
  6. patti17340

    patti17340 Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok I put my hens out in the yard and watched them for 4 hours last Saturday.. no pecking they never in bothered with each other.. So I went with the mite or lice route.. Had my DH clean out the house and spray it down.. He was planning on doing it in a couple of weeks , he was not a happy camper...I powdered all 4 of them down with Servin.. and put some in the house...they are looking better.. I will powder them again next wk.. I chalked this up to a learning experience.. next winter they will be powdered down at least once a month... I just got my moveable electric fence so they will be able to free range to a limit on the weekends when I am at the house..
     
  7. jed2012

    jed2012 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    all my chickens' 3 age groups are 10 mos. , 1 year, and in june, my oldest group will be 2 years old. and also, none of this has ever happened to any of my chickens except the pecking and eating feathers.
     
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  8. 2 years is when they begin to molt. I would geuss they are just molting.
    Good Luck!
     
  9. Chicken Master1

    Chicken Master1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my chicken coop
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  10. jed2012

    jed2012 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    gulp!
     

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