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One of my hens is molting, she has lost feathers completely on the back of her neck and part of her back.  I have been reading on here and from what I understand this is normal, although unusual for her to have such a hard molt as she is aprox 9 months old.  The temperatures are dipping to below freezing this week and I am worried the poor girl won't be able to keep herself warm with all those missing feathers. Does anybody have any advice regarding this? Thanks all :)

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As long as you have other chickens in the coop for her to snuggle up with, she'll be fine. Switching to a grower feed will help increase her protein intake so she grow those feathers back as quickly as possible.

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Originally Posted by junebuggena View Post
 

As long as you have other chickens in the coop for her to snuggle up with, she'll be fine. Switching to a grower feed will help increase her protein intake so she grow those feathers back as quickly as possible.

great thank you :)  When I went to let them out this morning I was surprised to see so many feathers everywhere and my poor bald girl.  Then the forcast is for -5.  yikes!  

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just an update.  my poor hen is looking pretty ratty!  I can see all the new feathers starting.  I am still pretty amazed that she would lose so many feathers in her first molt, under a year old and in winter (late fall technically ha) I have another hen starting too.  you would think that instinct would have them do this in the summer?  I guess you just never know with these creatures! 

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