Scratty feathered chicken

AlexEve

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Last March my RIR started moulting a few feathers, with lots falling off and the tips of other feathers breaking off too. I assumed this was a molt because it started in the spring, but she still hasn’t grown new feathers. The only exposed skin now is a bit on her neck, and lots of fluffy underlying feathers are exposed as well. I don’t think molts last 4 whole months with no sign of new feathers, so is she sick or something?
 

AlexEve

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Can you tell us what you feed and how much of each thing please?

Pics of the bird may help too.
All my birds eat 16% layer feed, but we occasionally throw in table scraps as well.
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AlexEve

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Molts usually occur in the fall rather than the spring. Have you checked her for mites and/or lice?

Is it possible that the other birds are picking at her feathers?
I don’t think it’s plucking. She is at the bottom of the pecking order, but I’ve never seen any birds deliberately pluck her feathers. I’m not sure about lice/mites though. How would I check for that?
 

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Her feathers look weak. Her head feathers do look like plucking damage though.

Being a production breed perhaps putting them on a higher protein feed will help.
What I would try is feeding a 20% protein feed like flock raiser and have oyster shell in a dish near the feed for calcium since flock raiser is low in calcium.
I would keep them on a higher protein feed and not go back to a lower.

It takes a lot of nutrition to both make eggs and keep up those feathers.
 

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AlexEve

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May 9, 2020
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Calgary, Alberta
Her feathers look weak. Her head feathers do look like plucking damage though.

Being a production breed perhaps putting them on a higher protein feed will help.
What I would try is feeding a 20% protein feed like flock raiser and have oyster shell in a dish near the feed for calcium since flock raiser is low in calcium.
I would keep them on a higher protein feed and not go back to a lower.

It takes a lot of nutrition to both make eggs and keep up those feathers.
Ah I just bought two more bags of 16%! I haven’t opened them yet so I’ll probably just exchange them for 20% bags. Thanks for the help!
And yea the head is where she’s pecked the most, never seen plucking though
 

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