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Chicken question
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tim in pa    Posted 10-08-2004 at 08:02:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i could use the help of you chicken experts. we have a dozen of layers, mixed breeds, no roosters. the hind end of one is now totally bare of feathers, looks like a poodle cut. i know of the molt, although i am not sure i've seen it yet, our birds are only 1 1/2 yrs old. is there picking going on? could someone please post pics of a bird with the molt? or is it disease or bugs? any opinions gratefully accepted. thanks

KatG    Posted 10-08-2004 at 17:43:08       [Reply]  [Send Email] has all sort of info on poultry...I read it quite often...Check it out...KAtG

Joel    Posted 10-08-2004 at 10:11:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Give them a bale of hay, a bunch or grass clippings to scratch in or anything else you can think of to give them something to do other than peck at each other.

Extra info......    Posted 10-08-2004 at 09:55:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
For the bird which may be getting picked by the others: Apply pine tar or axle grease directly to the picked area of the bird. Garontee this will stop the other birds from doing any more picking!


Ron/PA    Posted 10-08-2004 at 08:43:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Tim, you are probably seeing a case of picking by the other birds. Molting usually affects the back, breast and wing feathers first.
Are you seeing any discharge on the rear of the bird? Any abnormality at all will give the other birds a target. Any Blood? Blood will quite often breed picking, and have bad results for the victim.
Watch them for a while, and see if you see the healthier birds treating this one any different.

EngineerJoyce    Posted 10-08-2004 at 08:34:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Tim, you may find some good info at this site. I found this definition.

Molt: The annual shedding and renewing of a bird's feathers.

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