Just molting or something else

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ThinkingChickens, Jan 28, 2012.

  1. ThinkingChickens

    ThinkingChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Barred Rock looked perfect from the top, but when I went to pick her up her whole underside is bald. I don't see anything but skin, but I never saw her molt up top. So, could this just be molting or should I treat her for parasites? I have DE in the run and she's eating, moving normally. My others girls molted differently, they didn't just go bald on the belly.
     
  2. BOs and Silkie

    BOs and Silkie Out Of The Brooder

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    Sounds weird I don' t think she is molting. If she is acting strange is not eating, she probably is has parasites or another bug or sickness.
     
  3. ThinkingChickens

    ThinkingChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She's acting normal, and eating and drinking as normal. I'll have to have my husband help me inspect her later this afternoon. I have DE in the next boxes and in their favorite dust bathing areas. I'll try to take some photos.
     
  4. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    If it's mites or lice, DE will not stop a real infestation. Usually a bare belly, though, is because they have plucked their feathers to set a bunch of eggs, when broody. They can get a bare spot on the chest if they are continually rubbing the area on something, too.
     

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