neck feather loss

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by rasnickp, Dec 17, 2013.

  1. rasnickp

    rasnickp Out Of The Brooder

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    Any idea whats causing this? She's a nine month old black sex link. I just got a new 5 or so month old buff orpington rooster, not sure if he is doing this while trying to mate or if its something else.

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  2. Michael Apple

    Michael Apple Overrun With Chickens

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    The hen is moulting. Those are new feathers coming in.
     
  3. rasnickp

    rasnickp Out Of The Brooder

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    awesome thanks. Should i expect my BO hens that are the same age to molt as well soon?
     
  4. Michael Apple

    Michael Apple Overrun With Chickens

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    You're welcome. Moulting is an uncomfortable time for hens. Some more than others. I supplement when I have birds in moult. I use 1/4 tsp Avian Super Pack per gallon of water:
    http://www.asp-inc.com/products/documents/prodinfo/a/avianspint.pdf

    Mixing gamebird pellets/crumbles 1/2 with layer pellets helps increase the protein levels too. Or you can give them some no salt tuna a couple times a week.
     

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