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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by notiones, Oct 3, 2013.

  1. notiones

    notiones Out Of The Brooder

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    One bird is losing feathers and weight. Here is a picture of what just fell off of her. Of 12 hens, I'm only averaging about two eggs a day. None of the other hens looks like this and I'm sure it's not contagious, or at least I hope not.

    I did find some bugs so we have dusted them the last two Sundays, but this poor girl was already going down hill when we started.[​IMG]

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  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Dark Sider Premium Member

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    Looks like she's going through her yearly molt. You can see the new pin feathers coming in too which is good. What you found looks like a clump of poo-caked feathers that fell off all at once because they were all stuck together. She needs extra protein to help her grow back the feathers, so switching to a chick feed for a while wouldn't be a bad idea. They also don't lay while molting, so that explains your drop in egg production.
     
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  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    I agree, it looks like she's molting. Your other hens might not be far behind. To assist her in her molt, give high protein foods like scrambled eggs, mealworms, and wet cat food. Make sure that other chickens don't pick at the new pinfeathers coming in. She'll be finished molting in a few months.
     
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  4. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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  5. notiones

    notiones Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank goodness that's all it is. I've been feeding them scrambled eggs lately and I can easily supplement their feed with cat food and higher protein feed. I'll visit the farm supply tomorrow and pick up what I need.

    Many thanks!
     
  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    You're welcome! Black oil sunflower seeds are good, too, as they contain lots of good oils that make pretty feathers.
     
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  7. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Purina makes a 30% gamebird crumble and any turkey starter will be high in protein, too.

    -Kathy
     
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  8. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Is the hen still alive?

    -Kathy
     
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  9. MelissaTXRn

    MelissaTXRn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nutrena feather fixer.
     
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  10. notiones

    notiones Out Of The Brooder

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    Update. The hen is doing great and putting on feathers like crazy. Now I have others going into molt too. Must be contagious, lol.
     

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