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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by clucker49, Dec 22, 2014.

  1. clucker49

    clucker49 In the Brooder

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    need answers from some of you professionals.one of my hens is shedding feathers bad and its cold winter here in va.im new to chickens ,although I was around them as a child on a farm,i never did really kno nothing about them.do I have any worrys of disease or is this common stuff?
     

  2. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

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    There are a number of causes of feather loss - molting, mites/lice, feather picking. The pattern & appearance can help determine the cause.

    Could you post a picture or at least describe where your chicken is losing the feathers?

    There are a lot of threads on feather loss, here's an external link with a discussion:

    http://www.tillysnest.com/2012/12/reasons-for-missing-feathers-in.html
     
  3. clucker49

    clucker49 In the Brooder

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    seems to be losing all over.shes lost enough till she looks like a smaller chicken.dont think its mites but I will try to look her over good.
     
  4. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

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    Sounds more like a molt. If you see pin feathers coming in the naked areas, then its molting.
     

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