#1 08-31-2010 11:57:04

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feather problem

My hen has normal feathers on her back, bottom, tail, and some of her neck. The rest of her feathers are mostly like short feathery stumps she feels like a porcupine and looks like shes molting, but I know shes not because she has been like this for months. Shes in with two other hens and their feathers are fine. Also her wing feathers are very tattered, and the feathers on the back of her neck look almost like very short pine needles. Her eggs are weird too. She lays maybe every other day if that, and her eggshells are usually quite thin, even though we do supply oyster shells for calcium. Shes only two years old. Im hoping you guys can help.
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#2 08-31-2010 05:00:43

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Re: feather problem

A picture would help...there are so many ways feathers can be affected and for a lot of very different reasons...  hmm  It could be anything from parasites to a disease process of some kind to the other hens picking on her...so if possible post us a picture...  smile

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#3 09-01-2010 02:14:03

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Re: feather problem

Im sorry I cant send a picture, photo bucket just wont work for me,sad do you know of any other free photo place i can try?
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#4 09-01-2010 02:24:10

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Re: feather problem

There's Flickr.com

Or...if you can attach a photo to an email and send it to me, I'll post it for you.


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#5 09-02-2010 08:48:34

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Re: feather problem

Thank you so much Hencackle smile
I am going to try Flickr.com tonight; if it doesnt work Ill let you know.
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#6 09-03-2010 10:25:54

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Re: feather problem

i finally got the pictures, sorry it took so long.

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6190/6087597838_60af6f44ac.jpg

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6065/6087594040_49d56568f1.jpg

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6066/6087056995_8ac81f00f1.jpg
this my hen's belly, the top right is her crop.
I really hope you guys can help.

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#7 09-07-2010 11:18:22

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Re: feather problem

I've forgotten, is she the low bird? Don't you have the adorable coop and outside pen?

I need others to pipe in on this, look at the feather quill and how it curves. Is that not abnormal? And looking at the quills I see they are broken off and the shredded wings is something you see with birds that are kept in cages. Could they be bullying her enough she's flailing at the fence?

And look at the red on her tummy. That irritation came from somewhere and the quills are broken not pulled. This all looks to me like something is going on with her hitting the fencing. I can just barely see more red on her breast too.


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#8 09-10-2010 11:29:04

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Re: feather problem

Thanks for writing back
She stays in a 6 by 12 foot dog run and as access to the coop, we let them out sometimes, but we let the roosters out a lot more. (We keep the hens always separate from the roosters. They mate too much) sometimes I see her pacing around in the run wanting to go out, but the other girls do it to and there fine. I am not she where she is in the dominance line. I never see them dominating each other. sometimes though I will see her peak one of the hens on the head. I dont think shes at the top, because one of my hens always challenges the roosters through the fence.


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#9 09-10-2010 12:28:07

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Re: feather problem

Any chance something can get in with them? I wish someone else will pipe in on this, especially any one that has dealt with a physical attack. Quills should be straight, her wing quills are curved and broken. Mites won't do that. Birds are known to pull breast feathers out if they are going broody but you don't see the redness.

You might have to set up a camera to see what might be going in there. It might be another bird, she might be a lunatic and doing to herself or you might have something else getting in that's spooking her.


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#10 09-10-2010 02:43:49

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Re: feather problem

Lately I have been making chicken coats for the Battery Hens, but its getting cold here so Im using one on my poor hen. Shes really bald. I know nothing can get in with the hens at night, could the other two hens be picking on her in the dark? She is the smallest. sad
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