Malnutrition, Moulting or Illness?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by BirdMan32, Sep 28, 2012.

  1. BirdMan32

    BirdMan32 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 21 chickens. A few are obviously moulting, with feather loss and new ones coming in around the back and neck. However: 1. Some have very frizzy, dingy/dull and thin feathers.
    2. Some have bald patches on their backs mear their tail feathers (skin showing). Needless to say, egg production is down from 14 a day to 4 a day.
    3. Combs slightly purple on a few. I put DE around the run and coop (twice), use a tad of vinegar in their water.

    4. A couple weeks they were restricted to cooked beans and table scraps due to their normal feed being available.

    5. Some feathers look like someone cut them with a pair of scissors.

    Any help is appriciated. Thank you!
     
  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    I recommend feeding them gamebird feed until their molt is complete, then wean them off gamebird feed back to regular layer feed.
     
  3. BirdMan32

    BirdMan32 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you!
     

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