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My Rhode Island is loosing feathers. I didn't see anything crawling on her. My wife picked her up and feathers came off in her hands. Any suggestions?
post #2 of 5
What age is she, sounds like molting.
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 #3 of 5

x2

 

If there are no little bugs running around, which can also cause feather loss, she looks like she is molting to me as well.

 

The only other possible option, if that is her breast (hard to tell in photo), she might be plucking her breast in contemplation of brooding. Has she been hanging in the nest box a lot? Cranky? Puffing up when others come near her? My broody hens will pluck the feathers off their breast when they begin to brood. often leaving loose feathers. RIR's are not commonly a broody type breed, but it can happen even in commercial production lines.

 

But chances are she is simply molting.

LofMc

Keeper of 15+ layers, common to specialty types for colorful egg baskets. Brooding Queens: The Queen Mum Silkie and 2 Bantam Cochin handmaids. Preparing to breed my own Olive Eggers! Barnevelder roo with Splash Marans and CL for egg color and color coding :D Former 4H leader, GDB Puppy Raiser, Homeschooler. Current ESL tutor. Proud new grandma. Loving wife to a very tolerant husband.
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Keeper of 15+ layers, common to specialty types for colorful egg baskets. Brooding Queens: The Queen Mum Silkie and 2 Bantam Cochin handmaids. Preparing to breed my own Olive Eggers! Barnevelder roo with Splash Marans and CL for egg color and color coding :D Former 4H leader, GDB Puppy Raiser, Homeschooler. Current ESL tutor. Proud new grandma. Loving wife to a very tolerant husband.
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post #4 of 5
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She is over 2 years old. Was broody before but I broke her from that awhile back
post #5 of 5
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Thank you. And yes she has been cranky also she was broody over a year ago and I broke her from that plus her sibling was killed by a dog soon after that.
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