What is wrong with this chicken?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by neversaychick, Oct 31, 2010.

  1. neversaychick

    neversaychick Out Of The Brooder

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    She is one of eight Rhode Island Reds and is the only one that looks like this. She is about 1 1/2 years old and the whole lot seem to get along fine. No pecking each other. They are free ranged most days and locked up at night.
     
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  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    I think she is molting. The decreased daylight hours trigger this condition. They lose all their feathers, and grow in new ones. Some have a more gradual molt, so it's not as noticeable, but some, like this one, look pretty naked! Nothing to worry about.
     
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  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    That looks like the worse case of molting, I have ever seen. Looks like a lot of new feathers are coming in.

    Imp
     
  4. Desert Rooster

    Desert Rooster El Gallo Del Desierto

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    feed her lots of protein , she will need it while she goes though her molt
     
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  5. downstownlady

    downstownlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I don't know what the feathering condition is but the look on her face say "Dude, this just ain't no way to treat a lady! "[​IMG]
     
  6. Desert Rooster

    Desert Rooster El Gallo Del Desierto

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  7. neversaychick

    neversaychick Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the responses! We've been worried about her! What would you suggest to add to the layer pellets for more protein?
     
  8. DTchickens

    DTchickens Overrun With Chickens

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    Could be molt, could be setting or about to? I have noticed a hen drop feathers on her belly when setting..

    -Daniel
     
  9. TriciaHowe

    TriciaHowe Mother Hen

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    Dry cat food is good for upping the protein. [​IMG] Love the picture....don't think she was loving it though! [​IMG]
     
  10. True Grit

    True Grit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mealworms maybe? Yogurt, mealworms and BOSS. Yum:sick
     

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