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What is wrong with Pebbles' feathers?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by VT Chick-lit, Sep 18, 2008.

  1. VT Chick-lit

    VT Chick-lit Out Of The Brooder

    I got Pebbles and her hatchmate Roxy in May. At that time they were 2 years old. I was told both girls had laid eggs all winter but this spring Pebbles had stopped laying for some unknown reason. She was not laying at the time I got her.

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    I noticed early on that she had quite a few broken feathers at the base of her tail and she had a bald spot on her breast of about 2 inches in diameter. I dusted her for mites (didn't see any on her but did it just in case). This does not seem to be the problem.

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    She still has the broken feathers at the base of her tail and her "fluffy butt" is definitely less fluffy.

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    She is looking kind of rough around the edges. If she was human I would say she was having a bad hair day! Could she be moulting for this long a time? (Still no eggs.) If not, what other things could cause this? If this is an exceptionally long moult, how do I speed things up? I have no rooster, does this matter?

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    I do have pictures that I am trying to figure out how to attach to this post.
     
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2008
  2. Dodgegal79

    Dodgegal79 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It might just take her longer being she is older, not sure. I think molt can last up to 6 weeks or longer.
     
  3. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    When birds molt (sp) you can give them some extra protein to help it along. Feather loss can also be a sign of not enough protein in the diet.
    Maybe you could just give her a little extra protein each day and a small amt of bird vitamins and plenty of fresh water and that might help. [​IMG]


    eta: I see the pictures now. Well she looks pretty healthy and well fed to me.
     
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2008

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