What is wrong with her feathers?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by jennifersmith326, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. jennifersmith326

    jennifersmith326 Songster

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    She is a buff Orphington and every one of her feathers are broken and she is really fluffy underneath.

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  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Maybe she's got some frizzle genetics in her......[​IMG]
     
  3. jennifersmith326

    jennifersmith326 Songster

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    I don't know. I got her and 9 other hens from a guy and they looked pretty rough when I got them and they went through the molt and then when all their feathers came back they looked fine but hers don't look right.
     
  4. KellyHM

    KellyHM Crowing

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    Looks like they've gotten damaged...not sure why. Some of mine have patches that look like that occasionally, but once they molt the feathers come back in normal.
     
  5. jennifersmith326

    jennifersmith326 Songster

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    They haven't been damaged, I do know that. And this is all over, every one of her feathers are broken.
     
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  6. KellyHM

    KellyHM Crowing

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    Mites will do it too.
     
  7. jennifersmith326

    jennifersmith326 Songster

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    Quote:I have checked her and they have seven dust and wood ashes. They came in looking like this. They didn't come in regular and then break.
     
  8. ParrotsNPullets

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    Nutritional deficits can cause similar problems, can you tell if she is underweight- that could help indicate whether there may be internal parasites. External parasites are a close fit too. Stress can also cause barring and other issues in feathers on parrots such as feather chewing, permanently, which looks similar and I'd assume is just as possible to occur with chickens as with parrots (although stronger triggers would be needed with chickens).

    So IMO either parasites causing secondary issues or stress related. [​IMG]
     
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  9. jennifersmith326

    jennifersmith326 Songster

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    She eats fine, along with the other girls and she lays the biggest egg in the yard. I am thinking it is more something genetic since she is the only one out here with this problem.
     
  10. xyresicchick

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    maybe she's still molting?
     

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