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Illness or Molting?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by The BurkeGirls, Oct 2, 2012.

  1. The BurkeGirls

    The BurkeGirls New Egg

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    Our Cucoo Maran, Abby, just started molting a few days ago. Her saddle is completely bare and she has some missing feathers on her neck. We've had our girls molt before but not like Abby is molting right now. She is losing her appetite and slowing down quite a bit. She usually is up and active every morning when I go to let her out of the coop, but now she just sits on the perch in the run. She went up to bed early tonight too. Today when I was feeding the girls cheese she was so slow that she didn't get any. She stopped laying eggs a week or two ago. Is she losing feathers because of stress or disease? Are these normal symptoms for molting chickens? Please let me know.
     
  2. Cool Peeps

    Cool Peeps Out Of The Brooder

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    Usually when a hens saddle starts losing a lot of feathers it means its being over mated,but I'm not %100 sure.



    Can you post some pictures though to see how bad it is.
     
  3. The BurkeGirls

    The BurkeGirls New Egg

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    We don't have a rooster. I'll post pictures tomorrow
     

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