chicken troubles

@shaz6611 (951)
Australia
January 18, 2007 2:00am CST
We have two pet chickens that we have had for two years. in this past year one of them has started losing all of her feathers around the chest and tail area. does anyone have ay tips on howto stop this or what could be causing it?
4 responses
@minerc (1373)
• United States
27 Jan 07
You didnt mention if its 2 hens or 2 roos, or a combo. Either way I have a 75% chance of getting this right. It sounds to me like one is trying to be dominate. The only combo that this probably wouldnt be true is if the one loosing the featers is a hen and the one keeping its feathers is a roo. let me explain: chickens are like people. 2 women together get catty 2 men together have to prove their manhood 1 man and 1 woman, the man gets henpecked (sorry I didnt make the rules, I just live by them) So what to do? Well, if they are 2 of the same, re-establish dominance. Heres how I do it. When you see one picking on the other, throw a rock at the one doing the picking. This makes the bully think the other has beaten him. It may take a couple of times doing it, and "refresher training every couple of months, but it will work. Before you call the humane society on me, I didnt say hurt the bully, just let him know hes not in charge. If the dominate is a hen, and the other is a roo, get another roo. That way they both keep her "busy" so to speak. just look out for over-breeding. (hens will usually pluck out the roos tail feathers to keep him in line.) If the dominate is a roo and the other a hen, ya probably got a different problem than the one I just said.
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@minerc (1373)
• United States
27 Jan 07
by the way this is minerc's rooster, lets talk chicken. What kind do you have? We got all kinds, im interested in all chicken fanciers.
@minerc (1373)
• United States
27 Jan 07
by the way this is minerc's rooster, lets talk chicken. What kind do you have? We got all kinds, im interested in all chicken fanciers.
• United States
27 Oct 08
xDD ROFL that...was an amazing comment man. it really explains how my chickens acted, they Do get catty! xD
@minerc (1373)
• United States
23 Jan 07
It is called Moulting, Chickens loose there feathers, and get new ones, during this time they stop laying eggs. During Moult the reproductive physiology of the bird is allowed a complete rest from laying, and the bird builds up its body reserve of nutrients Hope this helps.
@shaz6611 (951)
• Australia
23 Jan 07
but its been happening for a few months and she has been laying heaps of eggs during this time.....I'm stumped
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@minerc (1373)
• United States
23 Jan 07
I have also heard that it might have something to do with food, lack of something in there diet, or not getting enough. I have never expeirenced this aspect but I have had friends who have.
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@shaz6611 (951)
• Australia
23 Jan 07
Thanks for coming back to check the discussion. I'm not sure if that is the problem either as we have 2 chickens and the other one is fine. Thanks for the suggestions though and if have any more ideas I'd love to hear them
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@kathy77 (7487)
• Australia
18 Jan 07
In regards to the chicken have you checked that the chicken does not have lice as this can cause the chicken to lose its feathers, I know that this caused this to happen with a friend of mine that had some chickens.
@shaz6611 (951)
• Australia
19 Jan 07
yeah, we thought of that but wouldn't it have happened to our other chicken as well? it just doesn't add up....
• United States
27 Oct 08
I've had my oldest chickens for 2 years too and they started to molt around this time. They stopped laying eggs for a while and theyre losing a lot of feathers. heres a nice website to help you with this, www.geocities.com/kellian293/soyoudetails.htm and it should explain quite a bit about chickens. Feel free to add or message me. ;)