Is this normal or does she have a problem with her feathers?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Robiwais, Nov 25, 2013.

  1. Robiwais

    Robiwais Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi,
    I have 5 chickens (9 month olds) in San Diego, CA (not very cold). All eating organic laying feed and laying eggs daily. We started noticing that 1 of them (a Dominique) had fuzzy feathers before her tail and then noticed that all of the feathers in her bottom fell out (photos below). The other 4 look fine. Does she have a problem?
    Thank you,
    Roberto
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  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Are you sure she is only 9 months old, since she resembles a molting chicken? I would check her closely for mites and lice, even checking late at night with a flashlight in the coop for the red fowl mite. Also, her bottom looks like it has been feather-picked by another chicken. For that you may want to increase your protein to 20 % flock raiser if they are on layer 16 %, make sure they have lots of room, and decrease boredom by providing rocks or roosts, and things of interest in the run. Here is a link for mites/lice info: http://ohioline.osu.edu/vme-fact/0018.html
     
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  3. Robiwais

    Robiwais Out Of The Brooder

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    Eggcessive, Than you for the response. On the age, I am sure since I raised them from 1 week old chicks back in April.
     

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