Is this the dreaded molt?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by XxMingirlxX, Nov 16, 2014.

  1. XxMingirlxX

    XxMingirlxX Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello Fellow members!
    In the last week my white leghorn Zazzles has lost a lot of feathers and has stopped laying. Now her friend the exbattery Babs has started to loose feathers aswell, has stopped laying eggs and has a very red stomach. We have fairly recently introduced two new chickens (Peggy and Selma) but they have not showed any symptoms till now.
    Backstory for the chickens
    Zazzles is a white leghorn who is a few weeks over a year old. We have had her since a day old chick and have never had any problems. She regularly lays big white eggs and loves dust baths. All the chickens have been vaccinated against Mareks etc.
    Babs is an exbattery we got in early august last year, six months ago she was bit by a fox (around the same area as the redness) we decided that if she survived the night we would take her to a vet. We were very unsure if she would because she was panting and looked like she was fighting for life. She fought back and is still here now. She is over two years old to we don't know to what extent because she is an exbattery hen. A few months after the fox attack she started limping badly and it took her a few months to regain full health. We thought it was either arthiritus flared up due to the injuries or just something she would have to live with from now because the fox broke a few of her toes etc.
    The two new introductions are a appenzeller Spitzhauben and a lavender araucana. They are from the same place we got all our other chickens and are a trusted keeper. They are not ill and are around point of lay but haven't layer yet.
    As for other symptoms, there aren't any really, they're still greedy and are acting normal. ;) they have just been through their routine every six months worming and will be dusted tonight. After the feather loss we have added ACV to their water.
    I would like to know if this is their moults and just were cocindientally at the same time and not something else as I am a novice.
     
  2. XxMingirlxX

    XxMingirlxX Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pics :
    The run full of feathers
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    Babs and Zazzles looking scruffy.
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    One of many gaps in Zazzles' feathers
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    The two newish girls
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    Babs' stomach looking red, not sure what to make of this because this is where the fox bit here.
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    Please note that I have looked Inbetween the feathers and haven't found any signs of lice or mites and their coop is cleaned out weekly.
     
  3. XxMingirlxX

    XxMingirlxX Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can someone please help me
     
  4. LutzFLdawg

    LutzFLdawg Out Of The Brooder

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    There's no reason to dread the molt. Are they laying regularly? If not, then it's more than likely a molt.

    When you examine them, do you see little feathers coming in? If so, those are the new feathers that will take the place of the old feathers. They're called pin feathers. You may find more on their back or rump, or more on their head. One of my girls has tons of pin feathers on he her head and neck, and another has them all over her back and belly but few on her head and neck.

    That redness may just be scar tissue from the bite. Did it recently turn red, or was it always red since healing?
     
  5. XxMingirlxX

    XxMingirlxX Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not sure I think it's always been there. I do see quills coming in and are not laying regularly
     
  6. mrsc1951

    mrsc1951 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is the time of year when chickens tend to molt and the do not lay during molt. IMHO, the red on your girl's belly appears to be from scar tissue and may grow less red as time passes. It looks like typical molting. Give them a little more protein during this time as their bodies need it to regrow their feathers.
     
  7. XxMingirlxX

    XxMingirlxX Chillin' With My Peeps

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    UPDATES:
    Babs is laying again, altogether she lost about five feathers and is now laying. Her eggs are either varying In size greatly or my appenzeller is laying, but I doubt that because baby lays a very light brown where as appenzellers are supposed to lay cream eggs.
    Right?!?!?
    Zazzles has lost even more feathers, her butt is full of quills and so is her neck. ;) My araucana has no comb at all and I'm really baffled by it, she is supposed to be point of lay :[​IMG]
     

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