Losing feathers??

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by FlaChickenMan, Jan 21, 2009.

  1. FlaChickenMan

    FlaChickenMan Out Of The Brooder

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    Oct 8, 2008
    Hastings, Florida
    I have a Domineque (Barred Rock)hen (4 months old) that I find lots(5 or 6) of feathers(some small, some wing sized) in her cage in the morning or evening. She seems to be always cleaning herself, could it be that? Also I use DE in the pen, no mites on legs, beak or butt. Other than that she is fine. Any ideas, or is it just a phase?
     
  2. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southern Maine
    Molting? Feathers growing in CAN'T be comfortable, she's probably preening because of that. Is she sort of patchwork, like this?
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  3. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southern Maine
    Quote:And just for future reference: Dominique and Barred Rock are two different breeds. The hen above is a Barred Rock. If she has a rose comb, she a Dominique, if she has a single, she's a BR.
     
  4. jprinc44

    jprinc44 Out Of The Brooder

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    south-central Va.
    Looks like my Dominiques....Mine have a similar problem with he feathers falling out, but I think their timing is off and they are moulting, plus my roos get quite carried away sometimes, and do damage to the girls' backs.
     
  5. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southern Maine
    Quote:If you are referring to my photo (sorry for any confusion, NOT the OP's!) then you, my friend, have Barred Rocks.
     
  6. katrinag

    katrinag Chillin' With My Peeps

    Have you checked for mites/lice too. Just to be safe.
     
  7. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southern Maine
    Quote:Yes, he checked for mites and lice, nothing. I believe it is just a molt.
     
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  8. katrinag

    katrinag Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ok I was just making sure.
     

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