Two RIR hens ill?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by cluck love, Dec 25, 2011.

  1. cluck love

    cluck love Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 21, 2010
    Northeast - very rural
    We have two RIR hens that may have an illness.

    One has lost quite a few feathers. This happened about a month ago and it was not from a predator. She has kept to the coup and only comes out occasionally. Since she lost the feathers she does not socialize with the other chickens but has an appetite. Maybe not an illness, but molting?

    The other hen now walks like a duck. She is socializing and eating normally.

    Our egg count of 4 per day is down to 2 per day. So that would indicate that the two chickens are not laying.

    We have 4 RIR hens and a Barred Rock rooster.

    Happy Holidays!


    RIR hen with lost feathers. She has lost more since this was taken.


    The RIR that walks like a duck.


    Another shot of her.

    Last edited: Dec 25, 2011
  2. RhodeIslandRedFan

    RhodeIslandRedFan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 10, 2009
    Central PA
    Your first hen looks and sounds as if she is going through a typical molt. As long as she is eating well she should do fine. You might want to increase her protein to aid in regrowing feathers. You can buy a higher protein feed - such as flock raiser - or feed her high protein foods like scrambled eggs. Just to be on the safe side, examine her to make sure she doesn't have lice or mites, which can also cause feather loss. Your second hen looks as if she is egg bound. Here's a link to a thread with information on how to treat her for this (post #3). You can also search this site for more information on this condition. Good luck to you [​IMG]
  3. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    Quote:Agree. #2 doesn't look well, but #1 is OK.

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