What is wrong with Pebbles' feathers?

VT Chick-lit

In the Brooder
11 Years
May 7, 2008
An Island In Lake Champlain VT
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.


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.


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


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?


I do have pictures that I am trying to figure out how to attach to this post.
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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.

eta: I see the pictures now. Well she looks pretty healthy and well fed to me.
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