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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by leighschickens, Nov 4, 2016.

  1. leighschickens

    leighschickens Out Of The Brooder

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    I 'm new at chicken care. I read about molting, but my girl seems to both be molting and has something wrong with her wings. The feathery part is off but the shaft of the wing feather is still there. It looks like you were taking it and making a pen out of the end,all the soft stuff is gone.[​IMG]
    Is this a normal Molt? There is a huge amount of feathers in the coop. Nothing can get at them and she is the only one with this issue.
     
  2. leighschickens

    leighschickens Out Of The Brooder

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    also she seems thinner then the rest. I tried feeding her apart from the others she wanted no part of that.
     
  3. FlyingNunFarm

    FlyingNunFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It could be the other girls picking at her. They will sometimes eat their own feathers or feathers of others. You can also look for mites or lice. I've never delt with feather eating so hopefully someone else will chime in.

    If you are concerned she's not eating you can try giving her some mash. Wet whatever food you give her with water till it's wet enough to almost make a dough. Wet but not soggy. Most chickens go crazy for mash.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    How old is she?
    She could just have a genetic defect causing funky feathers.
     
  5. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    Try adding more Protein to the diet...Grower Crumbles work.....If its not mites? Feather eating can become a real bad habit....


    Cheers!
     
  6. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Have you wormed the flock recently? It's possible that her weight loss could be attributed to a increased wormload.
     
  7. leighschickens

    leighschickens Out Of The Brooder

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    The nice vet said she is molting and is in a "fowl" mood. Change her feed to grower feed mixed with extra protein and she should shape up in no time.
     
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  8. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Great - always good to know a vet with experience in chickens
     

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