New to this but please help :(

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by mrscb, Oct 21, 2013.

  1. mrscb

    mrscb New Egg

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    Hi my hen is 9 months old and I've had her since a chic :) the last couple of days she's stopped eating and started to pull her feathers out - she now looks like a porcupine on her neck !! Does anyone no why she would just start doing this - she has stopped laying too :( the icy ure is from Friday she is worse then this today x [​IMG]
     
  2. appps

    appps Overrun With Chickens

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    Are you sure she isn't just moulting?
     
  3. mrscb

    mrscb New Egg

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    I'm not sure :/ my ex batt never molted - do you think it's what it could be x
     
  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] I think your hen may have mites. A mite infestation can cause feather loss, usually on the back, because the chicken will usually over preen and pull out her feathers in an effort to get relief. Mite (and other pests) infestations can also cause a drop in egg production. If you haven't treated them for mites yet, now would be a good time. Sevin or Permethrin are both good treatments. Good luck!
     
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  5. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC!
     
  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome to BYC! Hope you figure out what is wrong with your girl. Mites or lice can make them pretty miserable, she is young to be doing much of a molt but those do look a lot like pin feathers. You might want to take more pictures and post over on the Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures board.
     
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  9. All Henned Up

    All Henned Up Muffs or Tufts

    Welcome and enjoy!
    Steve.:frow
     
  10. mrscb

    mrscb New Egg

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    Hi guys I just wanted to say Thankyou for all your comments :) My girl is looking sooo much better and I think I was just a molt as all her spikey bits are now full feather again :) [​IMG]
     

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