Ragged feathers!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by jbird, May 12, 2009.

  1. jbird

    jbird New Egg

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    Apr 22, 2008
    Our Silver Laced Wyandotte molted this past winter and has not been able to grow back her normal thick coat of feathers. The feathers are not full and some have just the center stock (mainly those on the tail feathers). I'm thinking she may have worms, although our other chickens don't seem to have the same issue. Any ideas??
    Jbird
     
  2. Blue_Myst

    Blue_Myst Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2009
    Hm, have you checked for lice?

    The other hens could be picking at her feathers, too. How high is she in the pecking order? I had a hen who I got from a place where she was at the bottom of the pecking order, and over half her feathers had been picked down to the shafts.
     
  3. jbird

    jbird New Egg

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    Have not checked for lice. Not sure how to check. She seems to be on the lower end of the pecking order, but I haven't noticed the other hens pecking at her. Lice could be it though. I will have to look into that.
     

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