Strange feather loss

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by srfrgrl, Aug 19, 2014.

  1. srfrgrl

    srfrgrl Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay, so I don't know what is going on but one thing after another is happening and I am starting to get very nervous. The latest is that one of my chickens (barred rock) is losing a whole bunch of feathers all over her body...I mean like 40%. They are everywhere. The strange part of it though is that the feathers are detaching at the shaft and so she's got a bunch of featherless shafts sticking out of her body. She is not yet 3 years old. She was not feeling well a while back but seemed to recover just fine and is eating just fine but this feather loss thing is throwing me for a loop. They have been getting the organic crumble forever and I feed them meal worms and food scraps. I also grind up their egg shells into a powder and add it back into their feed. Not sure what else to do. Any suggestions, ideas would be greatly appreciated. I tried to get a good picture of her but she kept running away. This is the best that I have. [​IMG]
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  2. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    Is she just starting her fall molt and those are pin feathers coming in? I've got several half naked birds right now with lots of pin feathers coming in.
     
  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    To me, it just looks like she's in the process of a molt. Those spiky feather "shafts" might actually be the pinfeathers growing in. My chickens often look terrible during their molts, but in a few weeks, she may look better.
     
  4. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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  5. srfrgrl

    srfrgrl Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you Thank you Thank you!! I feel so relieved. I'm hyper paranoid because of all we've been through with my girls in the last couple of months. I didn't know if molting happened at their age. Thanks for the link. I will definitely check it out. :)
     

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