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Lots of broken feathers, especially on chest and stomach

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by theacw, Mar 19, 2015.

  1. theacw

    theacw Songster

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    I noticed my hen has a TON of broken feathers, maybe at the halfway point, that are broken. They are mostly on her chest and stomach but in other areas as well. She is a SLW so in these are areas, it basically looks like a big patch of grey and fuzziness since they are broken past the "lacy" part.

    She is my top girl so she isn't getting picked on. She is a little older, maybe 5? and survived a terrible dog attack last summer/fall right when she was growing her feathers in during a molt but she never had any injuries in the area where the feathers are broken. Skin looks normal in this area as well. But it still is quite a few that are broken!

    Just curious if anything could be causing this or if I shouldn't worry about it.

    Thanks!
     
  2. theacw

    theacw Songster

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  3. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging 9 Years

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    Increase dietary protein. I suggest mixing in some higher protein grower diet. You can only stop progression, not reverse until annual molt commences.
     

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