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molting after stress?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by clickncluck, Jun 16, 2011.

  1. clickncluck

    clickncluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My 14 week old hen was chased by the dog on Saturday. He must have gotten her tail because she lost a lot of tail feathers. He had her cornered in a neighborʻs yard when I caught up with them. She had a small scrape on her middle toe. We checked her all out. Put ointment and vet wrap on her toe. The next day she wasnʻt wanting to put any weight on her foot. The scrape was cleared up but now the toe was really swollen and bruised. She continued to eat and drink but was lying down a lot and seemed to hop to get around. The swelling improves every day. The bruising is all gone. She still favors that foot. But over the last several days there have been lots and lots of feathers in the coop. Can a stressful event cause her to molt? Should I be doing anything differently? Iʻm new to chickens so please advise.
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    Are you sure this is not a juvenile molt? This article talks about tha some.

    Kansas State feather loss
    http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/library/lvstk2/mf2308.pdf

    Stress can bring on a molt, so that is possible, but I'd really suspect it is just a natural juvenile molt.
     
  3. clickncluck

    clickncluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Ridge Runner. Iʻm such a newbie at all this. I just wondered since the other chicken in the hatching isnʻt losing many feathers.
     
  4. MattMansChickens

    MattMansChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes, i read in a book or somewhere, they do molt from stress sometimes
     

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