Wierd feather and behavior change

jubylives

Songster
12 Years
Mar 23, 2007
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Here are some pics of the chicken in question. I just noticed this today as I've been working. I'm not sure what is wrong with her so I decided to go ahead and quarentine her in case.

She is one of my calmer chickens and it took me awhile to catch her and she put up a fuss when I did. I've been getting some real thin shelled eggs which I'm now assuming are from her and I'm not sure yet what her poo looks like.

I've never had a chicken look like this before. I'm kinda hoping she's alreaady getting better as there are new feathers coming back but her demeanor is now different. Thanks for any advice/idea anyone can give.
















Oh and her whole body used to be the color of her head.



Jeremy
 
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hinkjc

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She's moulting. Perfectly normal looking and she will regrow them all. It is a stressful time for chickens, so some behavioral changes may be noted during moult. She should return to normal in a few weeks.

Jody
 

claud

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Dec 12, 2007
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Yup, normal looking molt.
You should see one hen I have - she practically looks like a porcupine at this point! I wish I had a pic.
 

SpottedCrow

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Jan 12, 2007
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She's crabby because she's moulting.
And sometimes their colours change a bit as they get older...
Obelisk my Leghorn started out solid black, but as she's gotten older she's moulted in some white splash feathers in her tail and wings...
 

jjthink

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Jan 17, 2007
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And since it's just a molt, no need to quarantine. She'll probably feel better if she's with her buddies.
JJ
 

jubylives

Songster
12 Years
Mar 23, 2007
452
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Central Iowa
Ok good. I'm glad that's all it is. I'll go let crabbypatties out of quarentine since all is ok.
Thanks for the help.


Jeremy
 
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