Loss of feathers!! help!!

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

  1. eloise11

    eloise11 New Egg

    Jan 18, 2013
    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

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    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:

  3. eloise11

    eloise11 New Egg

    Jan 18, 2013
    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

    Oct 31, 2009
    Somerville, AL
    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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