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my hen has lost feathers

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by CharleneG, May 19, 2007.

  1. CharleneG

    CharleneG New Egg

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    I am new to raising chickens. I have a hen that has lost all her feathers on her back and is starting to lose them under her tail. She is a Bantam, approximately 1 year old. This condition has been gradually worsening over the last few months. She is one of three chickens, 2 hens and 1 rooster and the others are fine. I have limited her exposure to the rooster, as I have read he could be the cause, and have also clipped his nails. She is on a commercial layer feed and I supplement that with game bird feed, scratch, grit and an occassional handfull of dried cat food. All the chickens roam free during the day. What more can I do to help her? Is there something missing in her diet?
     
  2. eggchel

    eggchel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    She may have originally lost feathers on her back due to the roo. But feather loss on her butt sounds like she is going into a molt.

    Give her some extra protein, like cat food.

    chel
     
  3. CharleneG

    CharleneG New Egg

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    Thanks chel, I will up the cat food portion of her feed.
    Charlene
     

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