I recently inherited two Rhode Island Red hens (about 2 or 3 years old) as my Pop passed away a month ago.
Any chickens that my Pop kept always ended up losing most of their feathers - poor things!! No one is sure why and being a silly old man he didn't seem to think much of it.
In Fall 2020, one of my hens molted early, in November/December 2020 two of other my hens began to molt, one of the two had a hard molt.
When winter ended, my hen that hard molted fully grew her feathers back, but my other hen didn’t. Two more of my hens have this odd feather loss that...
So, November 2020 through January 2021, my chickens were molting.
Only one of my hens had a hard molt, another lost feathers around her neck, while the others barely molted.
The hen who had a hard molt grew her feathers back 2-3 months ago, while my featherless necked hen didn't. I...
bare spots feather loss
rapid feather loss not due to molting
I’ve just started raising my first flock of chickens, and I have a 3-mo australorp named Merle whose feathers are growing too close together. She’s had a “fan” between her shoulder blades since her adult feathers started coming in. Upon closer inspection I found that she has some sort of skin...
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