Thinning wing feathers?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Frizzlychick, Oct 5, 2018.

  1. Frizzlychick

    Frizzlychick Chirping

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    6A58E987-A387-40DB-A14D-F1ED6B0A4D0F.jpeg EDD08801-3D3A-49EE-AC6C-0B370265A938.jpeg I noticed today that my bantam frizzle Cochin has thinning in her flight feathers. I checked her out good and don’t see any parasites. Do I need to be concerned about this? She is 21 weeks and just started laying a week ago (6 eggs in 8 days!), she it the first one to lay in the flock, I don’t know if that has anything to do with it. I haven’t seen any behavior changes in any of them (other than the egg laying lol) or seen her or another mess with her wing feathers like that so I don’t know what is going on.
     
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  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Enabler

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    Can you post some photos of her too?
    I'm not sure about Frizzle feathering. Hopefully @oldhenlikesdogs can chime in.
     
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  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Great Horny Toads

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    Sometimes frizzles can have more brittle feathers. Since it's on the wings it could just be wear and tear. How does she carry her wings normally? Do you have a rooster?
     
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  4. Frizzlychick

    Frizzlychick Chirping

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    @Wyorp Rock here is a photo of her. With the angle you can’t see the feathers in question but they are always showing at her side
    No rooster, she carries her wings the same as the other chickens but those flight feathers are very exposed because of the curls. And they were definitely more brittle than her regular feathers

    Could it be nutrients since this happened after she started laying?
     
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  5. Helloworld

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    Or you could have a dominate hen shredding the feathers as she tries to catch her. Got enough room when penned together?
     
  6. Frizzlychick

    Frizzlychick Chirping

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    I’m pretty sure she is actually the dominant one based on behaviors when I introduced newbies to the flock. They aren’t penned up too much during the day, they spend most of their time ranging in my big enclosed garden
     
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    Could be assisting herself with a molt.
     
  8. Frizzlychick

    Frizzlychick Chirping

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    She is only 21 weeks tho, isn’t it to soon for a molt?
     
  9. Wyorp Rock

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    She is adorable!

    I'm going to go with @oldhenlikesdogs on this one - could just be the genetic makeup of the breed.

    Just to go over your concerns of nutrients - tell us more about what you feed? (including treats)
     
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