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Is she moulting or does she have a nasty disease?

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Herecomesthesciencebint Wed 01-Dec-10 16:26:20

Hi all, have only had our chucks about 5 months and am already very fond of them!

We had 5 common type red chucks (DH knows the name but I forget!!), but have lost 2 to the fox we presume (they vanished whilst free roaming in mid afternoon one day.)

The other 3 have been happy enough, al still laying daily, but today I noticed one of them has two black looking scraggy areas. One on the front of her neck and another by her wing. She wasnt keen on being grabbed for a closer look as she was busy getting her fair share of the porridge! Its as tho the festhers have gone black, there was no exposed skin.

Is this the moult starting? Or does she have some sort of parasite thing?

And if it is the moult, how on earth will she survive the winter???

ilovehens Wed 01-Dec-10 20:56:15

Two of mine are moulting at the moment and they're just keeping themselves under cover in the coop.

To be honest, it's going to be impossible to find out what it is without catching her and taking a closer look.

Normally if it's the moult you notice feathers lying around everywhere and they quite quickly lose their tails - they don't really develop bald, discoloured patches.

Sometimes the new feather sheaths can be a funny colour, but you'll really need to have a good look.

Good luck with catching her.

meltedmarsbars Fri 03-Dec-10 11:23:42

We've also had one moult about 3 weeks ago and I noticed another start yesterday - bad timing with the snow! She does the bald-patch moult method, the other one just went very scruffy and tatty.

As ILH says, you need to catch her and have a closer look.

Lizzabadger Sun 12-Dec-10 11:07:53

She's probably moulting but you do need to inspect her for mites. Easiest way to catch her is to pick her off the roost at night. Good luck!

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