Weird Feathers

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by thewatsonfarm, Jun 19, 2017.

  1. thewatsonfarm

    thewatsonfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Buttercup's feathers seem strange to me. She's a light Brahma. The shafts of her feathers is more prominent than the rest of the feather. I feel like they look sort of ratty. Is there a problem here or am I over-reacting?
     
  2. NotSoChickenLove

    NotSoChickenLove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think there's some sort of mite that eats feathers. I'm a novice, sorry. Someone else will be able to help, but maybe also google? They do look odd to me.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    How old is she?
    When did she last molt?
    Did you use a wormer around the time she molted, if so what brand?
     
  4. thewatsonfarm

    thewatsonfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She is just over three years old. She molted last year in August, as I recall. Seems like my girls molt a little earlier every year. Is that a thing? I haven't seen any stray white feathers yet, but maybe this is in anticipation of molting?

    I have never used a wormer. I don't even know what that is. I knew to give them extra protein, but that's all I've ever done special during molting. Will you please enlighten me? Thank you so much!
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Did the feathers grow in like this after she molted last august?
    Have her feathers always looked like this?
    What do you feed, regularly and during a molt?
    Are the other birds like this too?

    There's a wormer that can cause weird feather growth if given during a molt,
    is why I asked
     

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