sick or beat up?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Danielle3140, Oct 22, 2013.

  1. Danielle3140

    Danielle3140 Out Of The Brooder

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    the above photo, although dark, is of my Delaware. she's usually gorgeous and full and today I noticed that she's missing TONS of feathers. any idea what could cause this?? hubby has managed them the past few days so I'm just noticing now but it must have happened rather recently. thank you!!
     
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  2. EggresiveAli

    EggresiveAli Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could be a moult?
     
  3. K-12 Chickens

    K-12 Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like your bird is molting, very common at this time year. Perfectly normal and new feathers will soon cover up the bald spots and make her look fresh and new again. Also, chickens stop laying eggs during molt, but soon resume laying afterwards.
     
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  4. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    That looks like molting to me. Chickens often look terrrible during molting, so don't worry too much about her featherless appearance. The feathers should grow in in a few months. To help her grow in the feathers, try supplmenting her with some high protein foods, like scrambled eggs, mealworms, or wet cat food.
     

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