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substantial feather loss - what am I missing?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by stargirl, Oct 14, 2012.

  1. stargirl

    stargirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my 2 hens began losing her feathers in spring of this year. It followed two house moves in quick succession and quite a lot of upheaval, so I put it down to stress & added tonic to the drinking water. It didn't improve.

    A month or two later I noticed the bare skin on her belly was bright red and inflamed. The other hen was starting to lose feathers too. I assumed mites or lice, though I couldn't find evidence of either, and upped my housekeeping & delousing & changed their bedding material. The redness faded quickly, but the feathers didn't regrow.

    I thought they might need more protein and supplemented for this; the second hen regrew her feathers and seems fine, but the original is still missing about a third of her feathers.

    She is now looking very tatty and sad. She's missing tail feathers, fluffy bum feathers, the down from her face and all the feathers on her lower tummy. When she spreads her feathers anywhere there is pink skin visible that shouldn't be. It's been over 6 months now, & she lays daily, so surely not a moult? She's the dominant hen, so it's not feather pecking. When she preens she always leaves three or four whole feathers in her wake. They seem to fall out very easily.

    Any ideas?
     
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2012
  2. stargirl

    stargirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nobody? :(

    Could it be fungal?
     
  3. stargirl

    stargirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Guess you're all as stumped as I am, then?

    Thinking of trying something like this - http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B0079FGT3G/ref=mp_bxgy_p_dp_y
    It's an anti-fungal & anti-itch spray designed for cats & dogs. I think if I apply lightly it will be safe, & hopefully will clear up any skin problems I've missed.
     
  4. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Have you dusted your chickens Sevin Dust?
     
  5. stargirl

    stargirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for your reply. Yes, they're regularly dusted for bugs, and more recently i frontlined them too. They must be mite/bug free!
     
  6. Suzie

    Suzie Overrun With Chickens

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    This may sound stupid but have you treated their coop for any bugs? You are great at treating the chickens for any mites/lice or bugs BUT the offending critters often come out at night....in the coop/housing.

    I have had fungal issues with my flock BUT not throughout the seasons... normally it is Autumn when the problems occur with the damp atmosphere.....

    I hope you find whatever it is that is affecting your flock - keep us informed!!!!!

    Suzie
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  7. Suzie

    Suzie Overrun With Chickens

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    Stupid of me but could she be broody????? Feather loss is indicative of a broody hen.....!

    Suzie
     

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