Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by rosyposyosy, Sep 25, 2007.

  1. rosyposyosy

    rosyposyosy Songster

    Jul 11, 2007
    im not that worried about her - how important can feathers be? but now when she lays, there are lots of her feathers in the nesting box. i picked her up to day, and she is missing lots of feathers. is this molt? or is she staying on the nest too long? what could it be?

    update: she is not broody, still no pin feathers, but continues to lose feathers. what could this be from?
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2007
  2. wren

    wren Songster

    May 27, 2007
    St Augustine, FL
    Mites maybe?
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    I would say it is molt this time of year. My hens look like pin cushions and my rooster looks like a purple whimp after some blue kote on his now bald neck!
  4. rosyposyosy

    rosyposyosy Songster

    Jul 11, 2007
    during molt dont they have pin feathers? she doesnt have any... just naked skin. oh! i hope it isnt mites!! she dust bathes enough... haha. i just looked out the window, shes doing it right now
  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    hmmm... just naked skin? I'd pick her up and check for mites then if that's the case. Or feather pickers, or roosters!
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Ive had a couple of hens, one in particular, who've had a bare neck just below the base of the skull for awhile now. She was also bare-bottomed. I'm figuring she's a slow molter. She was dusted for pests more than once as a precaution, but I've seen nothing on her or anyone else here. This time of year, if you've dusted for pests and they're just bare in spots, it's probably molting.
  7. rosyposyosy

    rosyposyosy Songster

    Jul 11, 2007
    no roosters here. chickens arent even allowed here (yet i got these chickens from the feedstore 3 blocks from my house!)i picked her up (i think she stepped in poo she smelled icky lol)and couldnt find any mites. shes been laying around a lot more too, rather that getting up and scrounging around.
  8. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Does she scream like you're Frank Purdue?
    She might be trying to go broody...that's one of the things that they do, pull out their feathers.
  9. rosyposyosy

    rosyposyosy Songster

    Jul 11, 2007
    she is a cochin. she does scream. lately she only gets off the nest when i take her off. and then she goes nuts. that sounds like what it is. haha. if she goes broody can i stick a 9 week old chick under her? lol
  10. thndrdancr

    thndrdancr Songster

    Mar 30, 2007
    Belleville, Kansas
    [​IMG] Rosy, bout the nine week chick.

    I may be feeling your pain if mine is doin the same. [​IMG]


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