Shredded Feathers? Please help!!!

little farmer

Songster
7 Years
May 1, 2012
6,819
27
223
~ Gone with the chickens!!!~
I have a New Hampshire Red who is about a little older than a year and a half years old. I was stroking her this morning and realized the feathers on her wings looked a little shredded. But, it's just a tiny patch. It's not painful or anything for her, but then l realized she never went through a molt. Is that possible for a chicken not to go through a molt?? I was going to show her later this Spring, but I wanted those feathers to look nice. Any suggestions? I'll have some pics later.
 

sumi

Rest in Peace 1980-2020
Premium Feather Member
8 Years
Jun 28, 2011
39,154
26,248
1,302
I've had quite a lot of hens, mostly X breeds, over the past few years and a few of them never showed any sign of molting. The "shredded" look of her feathers may be caused by mites. Have you dusted her?
 

sumi

Rest in Peace 1980-2020
Premium Feather Member
8 Years
Jun 28, 2011
39,154
26,248
1,302
It's not food. You sprinkle it in your coop and run and on your chickens. It repels insects and mites.
 

sumi

Rest in Peace 1980-2020
Premium Feather Member
8 Years
Jun 28, 2011
39,154
26,248
1,302
You should be able to get it a your local feed store/TC/garden centre/hardware store/farming supply store. If she has mites (it's a possibility) the others will get/have it too. Dust the hens and the entire coop and run.
 

sumi

Rest in Peace 1980-2020
Premium Feather Member
8 Years
Jun 28, 2011
39,154
26,248
1,302
HI, sorry for the late reply, having internet access issues. What I do is put some powder in a biggish plastic bag, put the chicken in the bag and give it a shake. The chicken will not thank you, but it covers them well.
 

MANNA-PRO

New posts New threads Active threads

Top Bottom