Is this molting?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by redwa, Sep 2, 2007.

  1. redwa

    redwa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our 15 month old Australorp has lost the feathers on her head. Otherwise very healthy and no signs of mites. is this the beginning of her molt? Will she lose all of her feathers? I have not been through this before - not sure what to expect. From what I have learned, different breeds molt differently. Yes?
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    If she is only losing feathers on her head, it might be pecking, when they molt they lose feathers all over their body.
     
  3. Pine Grove

    Pine Grove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    most all chickens are moulting or starting to moult this time of year..
     
  4. redwa

    redwa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could it be mites or external parasites? What is the cure?
     
  5. Pine Grove

    Pine Grove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    does she have new feathers comming or has she been pecked?
     
  6. redwa

    redwa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My daughter and I just inspected her further. Looks like a few of her feathers have a mini blob of what my daughter says looks like ear wax attached to the end of the new feather. Suspicious. Also, i think her egg had a blood spot (the white) in it this morning - indication of parasites??. How to proceed?
     
  7. Pine Grove

    Pine Grove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's normal shes just moulting, and the blood spot is not caused from worms, i'ts caused from a rupture in a blood vessel within the reproductive track. Nothing to worry about, your hen is normal
     

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