Molt? Or something else?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chantelleschick, Oct 30, 2014.

  1. chantelleschick

    chantelleschick In the Brooder

    Oct 23, 2014




    Hi all,
    This is Celest, my warren. Rescued her from meat man about 5 weeks ago. She's been laying very frequently and now we haven't had an egg for about 2 weeks.. She looks fluffed up, isn't as active as she normally is but the weather here in the uk isn't great! The other warren has lost a few but nothing like this. Her wing feathers have gone, all under her tummy, and on top of her head too. She looks so miserable!
    Could this be something else?
    Thanks x
  2. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master

    Jan 10, 2013
    I'm still an novice, but looks like a molt to feathers coming in where feathers have shed. As long as she is acting normal, eating, drinking, then that would be my opinion.
  3. ronott1

    ronott1 A chicken will always remember the egg

    Mar 31, 2011
    Woodland, CA
    My Coop
    It looks like molting. It is the right time of year for it too.
  4. Michael Apple

    Michael Apple Crowing

    Mar 6, 2008
    Northern California
    I'm quite sure sunflour is right. Start supplementing the bird's water with some poultry vitamin and probiotic soluble powder 3X a week. Feed a good 17-20% protein layer ration and a liberal amount of crushed oyster shell. She should be fine even though moulting is a stressful time for birds. Laying should resume after the moult is finished.

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