Loss of feathers!! help!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by eloise11, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. eloise11

    eloise11 New Egg

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    2 of my 3 hens have lost their feathers from the breast down to their legs ( just a strip), have checked for lice/mites etc but cant see anything.
    Are mites/lice etc hard to see?? could it be something else?? please help!!
    Also looks a bit sore??
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

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    They may be plucking their breast feathers in preparation for setting on a clutch of eggs. Also, depending where they sleep, the feathers may get rubbed off at night. Here's how to tell whether there are lice/mites present -- which usually show up around the vent and / or under wings, not on an exposed area:

    http://ohioline.osu.edu/vme-fact/0018.html
     
  3. eloise11

    eloise11 New Egg

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    Thanks for your help, what does setting on a clutch of eggs mean?
    They sleep inside on roosting bars.
     
  4. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They may be molting, which is the periodic loss and regrowth of feathers. Some go through a really easy molt and you hardly notice, others may lose almost all of their featehrs and take a while to regrow them.

    Setting on a clutch of eggs is if they are going broody and wanting to hatch out eggs. Are they laying eggs? If so, do they stay in the nest alot?
     

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