UPDATE - not a molt... worms

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  1. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    What are the symptoms of a molt (besides the whole feather explosion thing)?

    I haven't experienced a molt yet with my chickens. My BR, who has been an unreliable layer, has stopped laying & squatting again. The last time it was due to cocci. She's old enough for a molt now, so I'm wondering if there are any behavioral changes that happen right before a molt.

    UPDATE: I just examined her poop & found out that she has worms
     
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  2. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    In my experience there is none. We refer to it as "exploding." Silkie will look normal one day, and the next its "exploded" in the pen and there are feathers everywhere. No warning. Just a silent *POOF* when you aren't looking...

    I would supposed the other symptom *may* be a slow down in egg production, but thats something we wouldn't notice anyway in Silkies.
     
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  3. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    Thanks for the quick response. I was hoping for listlessness to be a symptom of a molt. I have no idea what's wrong with my BR. Poor girl. [​IMG]
     
  4. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    It may very well be, but not in my experience. Perhaps someone with BR's will respond.

    how's her droppings? are her eyes clear? hows her appetite? is she weezing, coughing, or sneezing?
     
  5. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    Easiest to tell in a timeline. This bird has always had watery, loose droppings.

    May 2008 - purchased as chick
    end Dec 2008 - 1st egg
    mid Jan 2009 - thing-shelled egg, membrane egg, then quit laying
    Feb 2009 - noticed blood in droppings, listlessness, thin. Treated for cocci & cleared it up
    early March 2009 - started laying again. Laid well for 2 weeks then quit on 3/15.

    Yesterday I noticed that she seemed really listless. Droppy tail. Limited interest in food. I sat down & she hopped into my lap and closed her eyes. She never does this (everything is about food with this girl).

    Later in the day she was enthusiastically digging & her tail was erect. [​IMG] No idea what to do next.
     
  6. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    Have you wormed her?
     
  7. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    No, actually. Suggestions for a good product?
     
  8. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    I've only ever used Wazine17...
     
  9. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    Thank you. I'll look for some this week.
     
  10. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    You were dead on! I was just outside & Dumpling pooped right in front of me. I grabbed a stick & moved the poop around to find white worms that were up to about .75 inch long.
    [​IMG]

    Sending DBF out to get a de-wormer today. The whole flock is going to get wormed.
     

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