Molting? Mites? Mating?? Loss of Feathers...

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by RoxyOtis, Jan 16, 2009.

  1. RoxyOtis

    RoxyOtis Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a 3 year old hen that has her feathers breaking off, They arn't falling out they are breaking at the end. Is it mites, molting, or mating??

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    Any suggestions would be nice.......thank you.
    ~Kayla
     
  2. pinkfeather

    pinkfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It looks like she's just molting. Those feathers look like new feathers coming in.
     
  3. RoxyOtis

    RoxyOtis Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks so much!
     
  4. Eastins Eggs

    Eastins Eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would agree. Molting.
     
  5. Chickerdoodle13

    Chickerdoodle13 The truth is out there...

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    Those look like pin feathers to me, which means she is molting and those are just the new feathers coming in. You should see them continue to grow during the next week or so. The white outer coating will break off as the feather grows in.
     
  6. allisojo

    allisojo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yup - sure look like new feathers coming in to me too.
     
  7. RoxyOtis

    RoxyOtis Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Thanks guys, I am glad she doesn't have mites or anything.
     

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