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Not Molting

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Chickenberry, Jun 26, 2011.

  1. Chickenberry

    Chickenberry Songster


    This is Petunia. She is our chicken that has the comb-capped head. I'm not sure how old she is. I am beginning to think she's maybe quite a bit older than the other chickens she came to me with. She's smaller built and/or thinner.. I'm not sure which.

    She has had the fuzzy butted, hardly-any-feathers on her bottom look for months and months and months now (about 6?). She's not molting. But I am pretty sure she's not laying (or ever has.) We have 6 hens and at the very most have only received 5 eggs in a day. I think she's the no-layer.

    Does anyone possibly know from just looking what may be going on with her?

  2. hencrazy

    hencrazy Songster

    Mar 5, 2009
    Did you check for lice and mites? I would probably treat her to be safe.
  3. Chickenberry

    Chickenberry Songster

    I really don't think it's mites or anything like that either. She does not scratch and all the other chickens are very healthy.

    Is this a way of showing age?
  4. tammye

    tammye Songster

    Mar 22, 2010
    I can not see the pic but I have a hen that plucks out her own feathers and eats them, mostly from her belly and shoulders. I just started using blue kote on her, hope it helps

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