Monday, July 27, 2009

Chick Issues

Okay, this is the issue inside the chicken coop.........................

Some of the girls are naked! When I had the 2 roosters, they were relentless on the girls but they have been gone now for almost 3 months and the girls are still naked.......its so embarrassing!

Some of the girls are more naked than these girls and refused to have their picture taken. What is going on? Is it stress? Is it their diet? (I am feeding a chicken mash and I add crushed oyster shells to it). How long does it take to grow feathers back? I know they go through a molting stage but it just seems like this has been going on too long.
Is there anything I can add to their food as a supplement? They all eat well, I am getting 7-10 eggs a day, they are all healthy except for the lack of feathers. I feel terrible about this. I am open to any suggestions anyone can give me as this is my first year with chickens!!!

"Not sure what is up with them, but us lambies are doing just fine growing our wool!"



11 comments:

Christine said...

I have the same problem with some of my Gold Laced Wyndottes. When they start to grow new feathers the others peck them out. I ended up making chicken saddles for some of them so they wouldn't sunburn. Google chicken saddles and you'll come up with a pattern and directions how to make them. They don't like them when you first put them on but within an hour they forget it's even there. The only other thing is to wait until they do a full molt.

Oh BTW, there is a vitamin supplement that you can get from McMurry called AviaCharge 2000. It does seem to help the feathers grow faster.

Christine said...

One more thing...are you letting them out to free range? That seems to help. More things to peck at other than each other.

melanie said...

I concur with Christine. Chickens peck at the little new feathers, and its a vicious cycle. I have taken one chicken at a time and quarantined them in a dog crate for several weeks until they recover, but that is an extra chore to bring another food and water around. But with that many "naked" chickens, you are going to have to try a multi-faceted approach...

Nancy K. said...

Do your chickens have access to outside or are they confined in the coop all of the time? How many chickens do you have in there? As I understand it (and I know VERY little about chickens!) they tend to peck each other much more if kept confined. I'm trying to get mine to go outside (I have a window open in their coop with a "ladder" going up to it so that they can go in and out but so far, they stay in all the time! Goofy birds...

Shmoopywood said...

Oh poor girls, they must get sunburned!

Tammy said...

Interesting. I learned something new (about the hens pecking out the new feathers). If this is the case, I'd say it probably is from boredom. Adding new things for them to 'play' with, like a pile of straw/hay w/ treats scatterd underneath, or something like that might help a little, but it sounds like you might have to go the 'chicken saddle' route or free range for awhile.
Tammy

Mim said...

My first thought is that they are not even developing new feathers at this time. They should molt in the fall so you may need to wait tell then. I don't believe they will just get new feathers any ol' time like animals with hair. They get their new feathers for the winter. In the mean time make sure they get their greens and you are feeding well and maybe some sun block ;o) Not really on the sun block!

Chicken Herder from Westville said...

It looks like the rooster is riding them too hard or too much when he has sex with them. My rooster makes my girls have no feathers on their backs just like that. I am trying to get rid of my rooster, I do not want to kill him but do not want him anymore.

kristi said...

Thank you everyone for your imput!!! I have thought about free ranging them but then I get concerned about them eating up the garden and wondering if they will all go back in the coop at night. Gosh I sound like an old mother hen:) I am checking out the chicken saddles and I promise Mim, no "blocks" for the girls LOL

Chicken Herder from Westville said...

I meant was/ not /is. :>)

Mountain Woman said...

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julia-oursimplelife.com

They are my chicken experts.