Sick or just old?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Orpstralope, Nov 1, 2009.

  1. Orpstralope

    Orpstralope XL College Raised Eggs

    Oct 11, 2009
    I adopted this chicken as my first chicken about three months ago from a friend in eastern nc. I have no idea how old it could be and it has seriously lost feathers and greyed in the waddle and lost its comb. Could this small, bantam-like chicken be sick, or is it just old? the pictures aren't very good but they should work alright! Thanks:
    (notice the absence of tail feathers?)
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    She could be molting, which makes the comb shrink and go pale. They replace their feathers once a year and it takes extra protein to do that. Mine lose weight, too.
  3. robin416

    robin416 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2007
    I learned not long ago that you can tell by the thickness of the toes and legs whether a bird is old or not. From your pic, she doesn't look that old.

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