lost feathers & soft eggs

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by cluckinbob, Nov 15, 2009.

  1. cluckinbob

    cluckinbob Out Of The Brooder

    May 20, 2008
    Hello out there. I have 8 hens that have lost their neck feathers and they don't seem to be growing back. I also find eggs that the shells are soft. Anybody have any ideas?
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    THEY NEED MORE PROTIEN in their diet as well as CALCIUM.

    Buy a high protien gamebird feed... with 20% protein, give them free choice oyster shell and watch them. You may have a feather picker that will either need to be rehomed or culled.

    Good luck.
  3. hen-thusiast

    hen-thusiast Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2009
    What are they being fed and how old are they? Are they eating the feathers? That's another sign of protein deficiency.

    If they are molting they are going to need extra protein. Soft eggs are a sign of a calcium deficiency.

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