To Molt or Not to Molt? That is the question? PICTURES sick chicken

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by dixieschicks, Aug 21, 2008.

  1. dixieschicks

    dixieschicks Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 30, 2007



    top picture, is Gert now. Bottom picture is before molt?

    i have this poor little frizzle bantam cochin that started to molt? in late April.

    none of my other cochins, light bramas, EE's, silkies or polish are in molt?

    it is now coming in to fall soon and still no feathers. she is one of my best layers and does not act sick.

    is this a molt? i have only had chickens since last November and am still learning.

    i feel so bad for her and dont know what to do! i was thinkin on joining the granny square crochet club and make poor lil Gert a sweater for Winter!

    any ideas on this? thanks cindy
  2. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

    Jul 5, 2007
    Sevier County, TN
    Are you giving the hen some extra vitamins in her water? I understand that molting is stressful.
  3. thechickenchick

    thechickenchick Born city, Living country

    Mar 8, 2008
    Eaton, Colorado
    Oh my! That poor thing! Unfortunatley I am fairly new myself and have not gone through the molting yet. So I can't help. I will keep an eye on this thread to learn about it though. I like your sweater idea! I think she would look sporty in purple! [​IMG]
  4. 1WildHairL8tr

    1WildHairL8tr Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 6, 2007
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Did you do a "search" about molting?
    I haven't experienced this either, but I bet you will find lots of info if you do a seach for it.
    Good luck!
  5. dixieschicks

    dixieschicks Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 30, 2007
    she is a poor lil thing! she is my smallest and fiestiest chicken! i have a flock of 36 chickens that are all on organic poultry layer food from Countryside in Virginia.

    they are also treated to organic scratch, cucumbers and apple scraps from my garden, and some free range time in the grass with pens.

    all of my chickens are fine but her. the other chicken in the second picture with her is her friend "Bobbie". Bobbie still looks just like she came with feathers. I am just worried about winter coming. I was serious about that sweater! They live in a 12 x 12 coop that my DH and I built complete with heat lamps and heated water but here in Illinois the winters get cold!
  6. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    I have not experienced a hard molt yet, so I'm not sure if that's what your hen is going through but, if that's it, you might consider feeding a higher protein or extra protein treats to her; this will help her get through the molt easier. Good luck! [​IMG]
  7. fullhouse

    fullhouse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2008
    Molting hens typicaly don't lay well. If she's molting and laying it's going to be hard for her to regrow her feathers.
  8. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    I'd start knitting...poor naked dumpling...
    Obelisk is moulting now but she's never been that bare.
    I'd give Lady Godiva some extra protein in the form of catfood.
  9. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

    Feb 11, 2008
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    OMG. Mine have never molted and lost everything like that! The poor baby.
  10. keeperofthehearth

    keeperofthehearth Chillin' With My Peeps

    It seems those "best layers" sometimes molt really hard. I have two who did the same. Is she still laying eggs? If she is it's just going to be that much more difficult for her to get those feathers in. I suggest, as others have, to up the protien but in addition I would start her out on some Avia Charge 2000. McMurrey carries it. It's a all natural nutritional supplement that is really complete. I saw results in about two weeks. I still make about 1/2 gallon every day and give it to all my girls free choice. It's also great for ducklings. [​IMG] Great stuff! Good luck!

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