What is this wrong with this chicken?

simi33

Songster
6 Years
Dec 19, 2013
59
9
101
Tampa, Florida
My friend on Facebook posted 3 pics of his Rhode Island chicken. I'm not sure what it is but I was wondering if anyone can tell please? The chicken is losing feathers and thats all I know so far...





 

simi33

Songster
6 Years
Dec 19, 2013
59
9
101
Tampa, Florida
Anyone? I messaged the person that posted the pics and I was told the chicken is eating and drinking and she is behaving normally and is due to lay eggs next month. No others chickens in his flock have this issue.
 

roeyourboat

In the Brooder
5 Years
Sep 25, 2014
22
22
41
Maybe she is just molting. How old is she? Has she stopped laying? Also, she could be subject to feather pecking for other hens.
 

Eggcessive

Addict
Premium Feather Member
10 Years
Apr 3, 2011
59,276
50,903
1,302
southern Ohio
She could have mites or lice, so look carefully parting the feathers for tiny reddish tan bugs, or for white clumps of lice eggs or mite dirt at the base of feathers. The damage could also be from feather picking or rooster damage. Mareks disease also has a skin type, but feather picking would be my first guess. I would get some Nustock cream to apply to the areas to help heal, and the bad taste can help to prevent pecking. If it is from a rooster grabbing hold of her neck, I would separate him for a bit of time.
 

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