What's wrong

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by 19marvinn, Nov 22, 2016.

  1. 19marvinn

    19marvinn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Why are my hens feathers falling out? I noticed right where the tail meets the back it got really fuzzy and there were no feathers. At certain points when she moves her tail you can see a definite bald spot. What do I do? And I should add that she is NOT bullied. She's at the top of the pecking order. Thanks
     
  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchaholic Extrordinaire Premium Member

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    Do you have a rooster? That looks like rooster damage.
     
  3. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    check for lice or mites.Looks like a molt though.
     
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  4. Fletch83

    Fletch83 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine look like that when they start to molt as well. One of mine just finished molting and she was losing all of those downy feathers, same as yours.
     
  5. 19marvinn

    19marvinn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They aren't even a year old. Could it even be a molt!?
     
  6. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Yes, it could be molt. Some breeds (Easter Eggers in particular) can be more sensitive to the change light levels of fall and go into molt before they are a year old. If a pullet is over 8 months old by the time the days really start to shorten quickly, they can molt. Happens every year to at least a few of my pullets. I've got two this year that are molting lightly.
     
  7. 19marvinn

    19marvinn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh Okay! She is an Easter egger. It's only her that's doing this. Nothing to worry about?
     
  8. Fletch83

    Fletch83 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If she is truly molting, which is what it looks like, you should soon be able to see her little pin feathers coming through on the bald spots, so just keep an eye on it.
     
  9. Fletch83

    Fletch83 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh and my Easter Egger just finished going through a crazy molt too!
     

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