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Amazing how tough it is to get good photos of these birds!

I Know, Right?!?! They rarely stop moving!

 

32sqft is good for coop.....but good you got them out in the run with the straw(hay?)

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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post #12 of 15
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Yes, it is actually hay.

After hearing opinions here and reading elsewhere I agree that she is molting. I'm having trouble finding high protein poultry feed locally so I may need to make some at home. She is also sequestering herself under a nearby wheelbarrow. So I'm checking on her often and have made sure she has lots of hay and food in there too.
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I was surprised to see bare porcupine necks on my three Partridge Plymouth Rocks this month since they are only 9 months old, but thanks to pictures I had  seen on BYC I knew it was molting.  Interestingly my BOs and Sussex hens have not molted so the early molt seems breed specific.  I have not seen any pecking but have noticed the ones that  are molting tend to  stay in the covered run (10X20 ft) while the others venture out on the snow in the large attached run.

post #14 of 15
A lot of birds under a year will have a neck molt, it's just on their neck, a normal molt is full bodied. A neck molt happens in the fall or in the Spring, not all do it but some do. It shouldn't cause your hen to be acting so unwell though, has your weather been changing a lot. The others are picking on her because of her behavior.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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post #15 of 15
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Yes, it is actually hay.

After hearing opinions here and reading elsewhere I agree that she is molting. I'm having trouble finding high protein poultry feed locally so I may need to make some at home. She is also sequestering herself under a nearby wheelbarrow. So I'm checking on her often and have made sure she has lots of hay and food in there too.
 

Yep, molting.  They get reclusive when they are molting, she'll perk back up when the feathers have grown in.  As for protein, anything high in protein will work.........mealworms, Black Oil Sunflower Seeds, tuna, meat scraps, cooked eggs, etc.

Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.



Join us for the 7th Annual Easter Hatchalong!
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Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.



Join us for the 7th Annual Easter Hatchalong!
http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1074649/the-7th-annual-byc-easter-hatch-a-long/0_50

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