One of my hens is loosing her feathers - please help

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by FairPlayFarmer, Dec 8, 2012.

  1. FairPlayFarmer

    FairPlayFarmer New Egg

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    We have 4 hens and have raised from chicks. They are about a year and a half old now. Within the last week, I've noticed that one of them is dramatically losing feathers around her body. I don't know what the problem could be or what to do. The other hens are as healthy as ever.

    The one losing the feathers is still getting around fine with no noticable problems, but she looks scraggly and I'm worried about her as we are heading into winter now.

    They usually eat laying pellets and I occasionally mix in some ground mix with corn,etc. They never do without constant food and water availability and I let them out to cruise the yard at least one day a week, sometimes several days a week.

    I'm attempting to put pictures up. Any help will be appreciated.

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  2. Suzie

    Suzie Overrun With Chickens

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    I would say that they are going through their seasonal moult - this is perfectly normal! You can supplement their feed with some tuna fish or moist cat food to encourage new feathers to come through very soon!

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  3. devoted

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    I agree. You should feed her nutrition that supports feather growth and she will "rebound" from her moult quickly.
     
  4. Kristin Brown

    Kristin Brown Out Of The Brooder

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    Don't worry this is natural and happens to all chickens. They must "moult" meaning shed their old feathers to grow in new feathers. Her egg production may temporarily drop but will soon be back to normal. Her feathers will soon return as well.
     

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