Since getting my chicks in April, BYC posts have been an awesome source of information. I thank everyone. My hens are now 8 months old and are laying good. Have a mixture of New Hampshires, Barred rocks, Buckeyes, Buff Orpintons, Black giants and Arachanas. I have a question I am sure many you of you have come across.
About half of my hens and the two roosters I have are molting and I am presuming this is a rather normal first molt at 8 months. Mostly are molting the base of the tail. Some are worse than others with no tail left. I live in North Florida and the temps this year are running pretty warm so I am not sure they know or care what season it is.
My question is to make sure this molt sounds normal and I am really concerned about the pecking where the hens go around pecking out the feathers in the molt area of other birds. Interesting to watch a hen following a Black Giant rooster pecking his butt and he does not seem to care.
Any thoughts on this issue would be helpful.