loosing feathers bald spots have quills

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by birdbrain2, Nov 19, 2009.

  1. birdbrain2

    birdbrain2 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 25, 2008
    belleville, IL.
    i have a 8-9 month old hen that is looking a little ruff, was thinking maybe it was molting. i went outside to look at her and then noticed her underside was almost bald and all i could see where quills. is that normal when molting? i thought it would all fall out, or is this new quills and feathers coming in? i did not notice any pink/red skin or any blood. it was a quick look but did not notice any mites, but i need to take a better look.

    i just took another look and she has a few bald spots under her wings too, but acts normal and combs look good.
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2009
  2. faykokoWV

    faykokoWV Mrs Fancy Plants

    Nov 4, 2008
    Cross Lanes, WV
    sounds like molting with new feathers coming in
  3. chookchick

    chookchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 18, 2008
    Olympia WA
    The skin might get reddish if there are large bald spots. If you can up her protein, that will help her feather in. Try switching her to a higher protein feed, or giving her high protein treats such as sunflower seeds, washed cottage cheese, low-fat plain yogurt, cooked egg or small amounts of cat food.

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