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    • CommentAuthorgoosegog
    • CommentTimeMar 28th, 2013 11:24am (Mar 28th 2013)
    I need some advice on poor Betty please. She has gone bald completely under her tummy and up to her vent and now on her front thighs. She's not broody as we've had plenty of broody chickens before. She is laying and seems quite happy, perky tail etc. We thought it was down to them all roosting in the nesting box(of which they never lay in there) so we'd blocked it off a few weeks ago and they seem to roost on the rungs now, but she is not getting better prob worse in fact. The coop is quite new(4 months) and I wonder if it is just badly designed? The rungs are only 2" off the floor where we have straw underneath. Is she allergic to straw, or getting too hot? Roxy2 also has gone bald but it seems to be growing back. The other 4 girls are fine.
    Any advice would be marvelous thank you!
    • CommentTimeMar 28th, 2013 11:36am (Mar 28th 2013)

    Keeper of the hens

    I suspect that she's just moulting - they'll lose patches of feathers which grow back (you first see the 'spines' coming through - must itch like mad!) - it's natural but they seem to always do it when it's freezing outside!

    Elsie (one of our girls) is currently moulting - in the snow! - and looks a bit like an oven-ready chicken at the moment under her wings.

    Hopefully the weather will pick up soon!
    • CommentAuthorgoosegog
    • CommentTimeMar 28th, 2013 11:43am (Mar 28th 2013)
    I don't think she's molting as we've had girls for 5 years so I know what that is like, curiously there are no feathers anywhere though..
    • CommentAuthorgoosegog
    • CommentTimeMar 29th, 2013 5:40pm (Mar 29th 2013)
    Here's a picture of her poor bottom
    • CommentTimeMar 29th, 2013 9:43pm (Mar 29th 2013)
    Poor Betty, that doesn't look nice. Aren't they new spines coming through though, or should there be more if its moulting?

    The one thing I've learnt about chickens from reading posts (not having ever owned one myself) is that they love to do very ordinary chicken-y things in as many varied and complicated ways as possible!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 30th, 2013 5:55pm (Mar 30th 2013)
    It looks like she is going through a very heavy moult this time. My chickens will do this every couple of years. I had one this year that moulted every feather on her body except for a few wing feathers..she looked like a self-plucking chicken ready for the frying pan. She did this in the Fall just as the weather turned cold, the rest of the hens kept her warm at night and within a few weeks she had all her feathers grown back in. It can sometimes be a slow process. If she is still eating and behaving normally other than being naked, she should be alright in a few weeks. I can see a few pin feathers growing in from the picture you posted.