Three chickens lost in a week due to what?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by artechick, May 31, 2010.

  1. artechick

    artechick New Egg

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    We lost three full grown adult females and it's been raining a lot here in EA WA state. wondering if it's the weather, did they catch cold, or what? Hubster said it's because of the weather. the Coop is dry, but i lost three hens, the factor that they all shared was they had no tail feathers. could it be because they were under stress? run is big, chickens laying fine. what's up? maybe the damp rainy weather? please help!
     
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Quote:Doubt it was the damp weather. I'm in western Wa, much damper. It's raining like its November right now, and mine are out playing in it.

    Did they lose all the tail feathers at once- molting? or were they pulled out by a predator? Could a dog been using them for a toy?

    Check them out for lice & mites, that could cause the feather loss and if bad enough kill birds.

    http://ohioline.osu.edu/vme-fact/0018.html

    Good luck
    Imp
     
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