LICE? What is causing curling feathers, poor looking hens?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Dutchgirl, Aug 7, 2008.

  1. Dutchgirl

    Dutchgirl Not Dutch!

    Apr 1, 2008
    We have one hen who has looked like she is in molt for 6 months or so, but with her feathers becoming curled. Now another is starting to get this.

    What should I do to return her to her former beauty and health?
  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    What are you feeding??

    Curling feathers (unless it's a frizzle... [​IMG] ) is often caused by a lack of protein in the diet. It can also be caused by a very low fat/oil content or very dry conditions.
  3. Jenski

    Jenski Songster

    Jun 17, 2008
    Middle Tennessee
    arlee453 has a good point. Sounds like a deficiency of some sort.

    One other (perhaps more remote) possibility is medication ~ I have read that some worming medications can cause feather abnormalities if administered during a molt. Have you wormed lately?

    Jen in TN
  4. Dutchgirl

    Dutchgirl Not Dutch!

    Apr 1, 2008
    I have 40 chickens all eating layer food from TSC. They also graze in the yard and woods all day, and I'm sure are eating bugs, probably lizards.

    Wouldn't they all look the same if it was a feed problem?

    I have never wormed them, since they never seemed to be sick. I have also kept them away from other chickens and chicken owners (with one exception). They are exposed to wild animals, though.

    Thank you for your help. Are there any other places I could look to find an answer? Before finding Backyard chickens I knew of a a site who helped with health issues, but now I can't remember what it was, nor find it searching.

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