Sex-Links losing Feathers

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by knoxchickies, Oct 14, 2012.

  1. knoxchickies

    knoxchickies New Egg

    Oct 14, 2012
    I have two sex-links that are losing their feathers, mainly on their bottoms and neck. In some places, the feathers appear to be broken off about 1/2 inch from their hides. I have only had chickens about six months and haven't experienced this before. Could it just be molting?
  2. dracoe19

    dracoe19 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 31, 2011
    Warrenton, Virgina
    It sounds like molting. Red sex links tend to be very hard molters so they usually look very scraggley and naked for a while compared to many other breeds. This has been bred into them because the hard molting makes the time between not laying eggs during molting to starting again drastically shorter. This is why they are a production breed because of their high egg laying rates. They should start looking pretty again soon :).
  3. stargirl

    stargirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 15, 2011
    Quite likely moulting, but rule out lice & mites just in case (the itching can cause them to scratch out their feathers - the broken feathers suggests this is a possibility).

    Check their feathers for traces of lice or eggs at the root. If you haven't recently, apply whatever lice/mite treatment you use to the hens & their housing.

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