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I have a Wyandotte mix hen that is about 10 months old.
I have a Wyandotte mix hen that is about 10 months old. We've recently started to have colder weather here in Northern California and noticed in the last week she is losing feathers. Each time she pre… read more
Jeanne Smith, DVM
Jeanne Smith, DVM
veterinarian, practice owner
Avian Medicine Residency
4,395 satisfied customers
Half of my chickens have list their feathers on their
Half of my chickens have list their feathers on their behind. They do not look anemic. Their combs are bright red and they only get the best if food and do not act sick in anyway. … read more
Jeanne Smith, DVM
Jeanne Smith, DVM
veterinarian, practice owner
Avian Medicine Residency
4,395 satisfied customers
I have one bird that has lost a lot of the feathers on her
I have one bird that has lost a lot of the feathers on her back and starting to go on her wings. I have never seen her being pecked and she is also sharing brooding duties, I think, with another hen. … read more
Jeanne Smith, DVM
Jeanne Smith, DVM
veterinarian, practice owner
Avian Medicine Residency
4,395 satisfied customers
My 5 year old Rhode Island Red has a very swollen abdomen,
Hi, my 5 year old Rhode Island Red has a very swollen abdomen, tail feathers down and a paleish pink comb. I first noticed this yesterday. She has had a messy bottom for months. I give her epsom salt … read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
DVM
57,060 satisfied customers
My hen (golden sex link) is about 2.5 years old and is
My hen (golden sex link) is about 2.5 years old and is losing lots of feathers Is it normal for her comb to fade during this season too or is she sick.… read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
DVM
57,060 satisfied customers
We have a small flock (all hens) in a relatively large coop.
We have a small flock (all hens) in a relatively large coop. They are also allowed to free-range in the yard all day a few days per week. We clean the coop weekly, and fresh food and water daily. With… read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
2,854 satisfied customers
Ive got a rhode island red hen that is about 12 months old
I've got a rhode island red hen that is about 12 months old and lives in a generously sized coop (8'X4') with 5 other hens. They have an attached run and I let them free range so space is not a proble… read more
Dr. Pat
Dr. Pat
Veterinarian Avian Health Consultant
Doctoral Degree
3,596 satisfied customers
My road Island Red lost her feathers on her belly - her belly
My road Island Red lost her feathers on her belly - her belly is a little swollen and the skin is red and warm (warmer than the other chickens) and the feather are not growing back - she seems perky a… read more
EmergencyVets
EmergencyVets
Emergency Veterinarian /Medical Director
Doctoral Degree
634 satisfied customers
my hen developed a large black blister on her wattle last
my hen developed a large black blister on her wattle last night. She's also got two tiny yellow ones on the same wattle too. What is going on? She's otherwise healthy - eats and moves well. Poops are … read more
Dr. Elaine
Dr. Elaine
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
1,371 satisfied customers
I have a nearly 2 year old Rhode Island Red hen. She has not
I have a nearly 2 year old Rhode Island Red hen. She has not been laying for more than 6 months. Is in a pen and housing by herself. I have several other Rhodies that each have their own private pen a… read more
Dr_Kitty
Dr_Kitty
Bird Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
122 satisfied customers
Hi, we have a flock of eleven one year old hens, no roosters.
Hi, we have a flock of eleven one year old hens, no roosters. Four are Barred Rocks, four Rhode Island Reds, one Buff Orpington and two white Sex Links. For several months a number of them have been l… read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
Veterinary Degree (BVMS)
22,681 satisfied customers
Two of my Golden Comet hens have died over the last two months.
Two of my Golden Comet hens have died over the last two months. Of the four I have left, two have lost feathers (to the bone) on their wings and on their backs just below thier tail feathers. What's h… read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
2,854 satisfied customers
My chickens are showing feather loss on their backs and head
My chickens are showing feather loss on their backs and head area. The condition has been present for some timeand they don't seem to have suffered seriously, still active, good apetites and egg produ… read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
2,854 satisfied customers
I have black Javas and Rhode Island reds and their cross which
I have black Javas and Rhode Island reds and their cross which is an Auburn Java. Some of the birds have pale combs, some have what appears to be white spots( like broken off feathers about the neck. … read more
Dr. Elaine
Dr. Elaine
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
1,371 satisfied customers
i have about 15 rhode Island red laying hens, they are approx.
i have about 15 rhode Island red laying hens, they are approx. 3 years old, the egg shells are very thin and the eggs are watery. Also they used to be very brown in color and now are almost white. Ano… read more
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Dr. Coldiron
Owner/Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
178 satisfied customers
Two Rhode Island Red hens have molting feathers on their back
Two Rhode Island Red hens have molting feathers on their back by the tail feathers and one is getting a bare spot. Is this mites and if so what is the treatment both for the chickens and the coop?… read more
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Andrea Roberts
Bird Veterinarian
Bachelor's Degree
2,379 satisfied customers
I have three Rhode Island Red hens. Two look beautiful, but
I have three Rhode Island Red hens. Two look beautiful, but the third, and largest, always looks as though she is molting. She has never been fully feathered. She lays the biggest eggs and is good nat… read more
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Andrea Roberts
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Bachelor's Degree
2,379 satisfied customers
her losing her feathers her eggs were very thin shelled..flock
I have a Rhode Island Red that is losing "gobs" of her feathers and has not laid an egg for about a month. Prior to her losing her feathers her eggs were very thin shelled. The rest of the flock are o… read more
Dr. Pat
Dr. Pat
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