My favorite little hen, Lucy, is in need of help!!!
Lucy never molted last autumn. The other chickens her age lost their feathers and got new feathers in. Now they are fluffy and pretty and warm.
Lucy, on the other hand, lost her feathers. and continued to lose her feathers.
And now she's bald.
Here's a picture of Lucy last spring back when she was a young pullet with a full coat of feathers.
Beware, the rest of the pictures are awful.
|Lucy last May|
It's hard for me to see Lucy like this. It's hard for me to let anyone else see her like this. Really, I do not abuse my chickens! They are spoiled and happy birds, normally.
Lucy is 1 year and 3 months old now. She started losing her feathers last autumn, and it has gotten continually worse. She has been wearing a chicken apron for about a month now. We thought her feathers were starting to grow back in and she was picking them out, so we put the chicken apron on her. That would protect her from herself, and from the other birds.
But even underneath the apron she's still bald.
None of the other birds look like her.
|Lucy wearing her apron|
|Lucy without the apron|
|Putting the apron back on is easy. First place it on her back|
|It snaps under one wing|
|And then it snaps under the other wing|
I'm sure Lucy's feather loss is caused by roosters, as we do have 5 spare cockerels that we need to get rid of. But the other hens don't look like this. Many of them are more passive than Lucy.
Why is Lucy the only victim? Is it because she didn't molt last year and everyone else did?
There is no chance that this was caused by any other animal, as the chicken pen is absolutely protected, as safe as Fort Knox. Lucy is one of the smallest hens we have, as she is a bantam.
Any discussion or assistance is welcome!
The cockerels will have to be taken care of and I hope Lucy starts to show improvement. Lucy is my sweetest bird. In the summertime I let her out of the chicken pen and she follows me all around the yard. She never runs away from me, she always comes to me. Her most favorite treat in the entire world is earthworms. I dig in the ground and she pulls earthworms out of the ground before I even see them. She gets so excited and happy. She always spends time with me in the garden. She hates to go back in the chicken pen, I've always said that she doesn't think she's a chicken.
She's my Lucy.