Losing Feathers

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by VerdaMaeFarms, Aug 26, 2011.

  1. VerdaMaeFarms

    VerdaMaeFarms New Egg

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    Hi there... Just wanted to ask some fols with more knowledge and experience about feather loss. I have an Australorp that is missing some feathers on her chest. I have no roosters (fingers crossed...the girls are only 2.5 months old) but I did notice one of the other chicks pecking at Mae (the Autsralorp). Any insight or assistance is greatly appreciated!

    I should also mention that I live in Texas and we have having a rather insanely hot and unbearable summer.

    Thanks!
    Traci
     
  2. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

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    She may be molting or going broody. Broody hens regularly pull out all their chest feathers to keep closer contact with the eggs.

    ALSO- you may want to go out tonight with a flashlight and check everyone very closely for mites and lice. 'Tis the season.
     
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    Yes, always check for mites or lice, but she may be having a juvenile molt. Chicks will molt twice before they become adults. They just outgrow their feathers and have to replace them.
     
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