Molting, stress or hen pecking

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by SillyRooster, Mar 26, 2016.

  1. SillyRooster

    SillyRooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is this molting, hen pecking or stress?
    Our sex link Snowball is looking rough. Bare or broken feathers on her wings & chest.

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    Her wing feathers are bare in places.

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    Last edited: Mar 27, 2016
  2. LeafBlade12345

    LeafBlade12345 Chillin' With My Peeps

    She may be over-preening due to stress, it doesn't look like aggression from other hens since it is around the chest area. Do you have a roo in with her? Make sure she is getting enough calcium such as oyster shell. She may just be getting ready to molt. Hoping for improvement!

    Regards,
    Leaf
     
  3. SillyRooster

    SillyRooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, she is in with a rooster. There are seven hens with this roo.
     
  4. LeafBlade12345

    LeafBlade12345 Chillin' With My Peeps


    Could be that he is picking on her, but I'm thinking molting. Do you have a source of calcium supplement in there for them? Do you know how high she is on the "pecking order"? Hoping for the best!

    Regards,
    Leaf
     
  5. SillyRooster

    SillyRooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey there. We do add crushed oyster shells to their food. She's definitely on the lower end of the pecking order that I can tell. The other chickens perch on the roost but she sleeps in a nest box.

    When we bought her at the local farm, they were all in big tent/hut thing with no perches only nest boxes, but the other hens we bought that day all sleep on the perch.
     
  6. SillyRooster

    SillyRooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The other hens we got that day had some patchy spots on their chests too but nothing like Snowball.
     
  7. LeafBlade12345

    LeafBlade12345 Chillin' With My Peeps


    I'm guessing that they were in overcrowded conditions where Snowball was constantly picked on, most probably while sitting in the nest box. Originally it didn't sound like abuse from other hens because of the location of the picked feathers, but it fits together now. Make sure she gets extra calcium and watch her carefully. If you see other hens bothering her, you may have to either remove her from the pen or remove the main "problem hen" whom is the root of the problem. I wouldn't be surprised if they sort of get a pack mentality and all gang up on her though. Good luck and keep us updated!

    Regards,
    Leaf
     
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  8. SillyRooster

    SillyRooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Brief update, last night Snowball was up on the perch with the rest of the chickens when I closed them up for the evening. I see that as positive progress.
     
  9. LeafBlade12345

    LeafBlade12345 Chillin' With My Peeps


    Great news! She may very well have been "finding her place" in the pecking order. Glad that she's improving.

    Regards,
    Leaf
     

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