whats up with my RIR - bugs, missing feathers, normal or worse? pics

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by dperrin, Jun 11, 2010.

  1. dperrin

    dperrin In the Brooder

    Sep 15, 2009
    Any idea what my 15 month old Rhode Island Red might have going on?

    Especially struck by a few things: Missing a lot of feathers in the front of her chest. It looks swollen esp on one side. And just above her tail, she's got what kind of looks like could be an ingrown feather.. do chickens get those? Seems to act normal enough but looking like this for a month.

    Keeping 4 other hens. Some are missing a few feathers but none anywhere near like this.

    Thanks so much for looking! I know its a little gory.

  2. tellynpeep

    tellynpeep Songster

    Oct 4, 2008
    SW New Hampshire
    I'm not sure why she's missing feathers. But it looks like other feathers are growing in, so it may be a moult.
    The weird lump over the tail is the oil (preen) gland.... totally normal.

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