molting

  1. analyticalblonde

    20% of Flock is Doing Weird Molting...To Give Molt Muffins or Not?

    I have 10 girls...2 of each: Ameracunas, Barred Rocks, Lavender & Buff Orpingtons, and New Jersey Reds... First to start molting was one of my Lavender Orpingtons, Legs, about a month ago...she started at the head & neck, skipped the torso and it went directly to her butt...she's bringing in...
  2. Maddy10122

    HELP!!! 2 YEARS, NO MOLTING FROM DUCK

    Hello everyone! Some background: My ducks were born in June of 2017. Being a first time duck/chicken mom, I when they came to age, I promptly trimmed their flight feathers in fear of them flying away. One of the ducks has molted multiple times in the years since, but the other duck still has...
  3. sandrajoylee

    Odd chicken out

    Hi, My family and I returned from a 2 week vacation and something had changed with our 5-hen flock of Easter Eggers. Our housemate and neighbor took good care of them while we were gone, even giving them fresh veggies daily. One hen now remains on the roost all day. When she tries to come down...
  4. 8391F4A6-8B51-4155-9E39-3E4C975EAE52

    8391F4A6-8B51-4155-9E39-3E4C975EAE52

    Poor girl molting sucks
  5. Derek Kwas

    Rhode Island Red White Tips

    Hello, as the title says, I have noticed 1 of our 4 chickens (Rhode Island Red, All Born 3/30/17) has white tips on her feathers at the top of her head and has some baby feathers loose as shown in the pictures. I feel this may be molting due to age and we haven't seen her go through it but the...
  6. LikeTurkeys

    Who's got December molters?

    Hey everybody! Who's got hens that chose the middle of winter to start molting? I have two, this is a photo of my Buff Orpington "Cement" (how she got that name, I don't know). Some of her feathers are missing because a coyote pulled them out though. Share yours, and don't forget to post a...
  7. K

    Molting or parasites? Or something else?

    Hi there, I have a 10 month old Barred Rock hen who is losing feathers all over her body. It LOOKS like she's molting... but I want to make sure. I initially thought that chickens didn't molt during their first year, but others have told me they can (which made me feel better). But then...
  8. yodelinginca

    Hen losing feathers on neck, changed comb. Is she sick, stressed, or molting?

    We have a flock of 5 hens, all different breeds, 9 months old. Our brown leghorn was the first to lay, but stopped 2 months ago (she's our only white egg-layer so we know for sure she's not laying). Before she started laying, her comb was full, bright red and straight up. When she started laying...
  9. BackyardZen

    Hens Molting? Egg Laying Stopped for 2+ Months?

    Hello Community! We have 8 hens in a chicken tractor here in Long Island, NY. Some background on our operation: I move the chicken tractor every morning to a fresh spot of grass. We provide a high-quality layer pellet feed available at all times. We provide water available at all times (via 2...
  10. flutemomc

    Can’t persuade molting hen to eat

    We currently have a 3 and 1/2 year old Rhode Island Red (Henrietta) that is going through a rough molt. She started with a decreased appetite last Friday but acting normal otherwise, digging scratching, talking to us, drinking, just a decrease in appetite. Yesterday we found her sitting in the...
  11. flock mommasan

    Molting and odd behavior

    My little Rockette -- #2 on the pecking order -- is molting quite badly right now. I wasn't that concerned but now she's acting oddly. She seems to be walking sideways with her head cocked part of the time. Is it that she feels badly with all the feathers going and coming? Or is this something...
  12. B

    How long to feed flock raiser to molting chickens

    Hi all. My chickens are in the process of molting I believe. They are still laying though. All I have read says they usually stop during molt. Is this normal? Some are missing some patches of feathers now in areas. It has been a slow process I have noticed over the last few weeks. They are also...
  13. Clappmeg

    What's wrong with my Silkies hair-do?

    Hi all, My silkie chicken has always had a nice puffy pom pom on the top of her head. Recently, it has looked really scraggly and almost porcupine-like. I initially thought molting but this is only happening to the one area on top of her head. She also seems to like to dip her whole head in the...
  14. Stuwe

    Does pecking occur at night?

    Here we are again. My sweet girl Hope is molting, hard, again (2nd year in a row). We thought she was doing good at first. Some feathers were falling out but they seemed to be filling in at the same rate - I thought yay! The nightmare of last year has passed! Then I get up to check on them...
  15. alex5chickens

    My chickens feathers are really worn out and they won't start molting.

    I have 4 Barred Rocks and all 4 are in their second fall. (Their birthday was April 2018.) 2 of them had partial molts last winter and their feathers are in great shape, but 1 hen's (my best layer) feathers are in a really bad condition since she's had them for over a year now. Her feathers are...
  16. R

    Help.

    Hi! My baby girl Billie Jo is having some tough times right now. She is molting, HARD. She is getting picked on. Her back is very much so raw and bloody. We don’t have any roosters! This afternoon when I went out to let her out she was very lethargic, seemed as tho she was very cold, and she...
  17. Aunt Angus

    Quick Question: Pale Comb on 1 yo Brahma

    Hello! My dear Brahma Aster has a very pale comb. Can this be caused by molting? She's at the tail end of her molt (no pun intended). Or should I go ahead and treat for worms just to err on the safe side? Some additional info: 1 yr old Buff Brahma Eating, drinking, acting normally Not laying...
  18. M

    Molting - affecting young ones?

    History: I have 2 light brahmas that are 1.5 years old, and 2 that are about 30 weeks old. The days are getting shorter, so I added light to their coop to add a couple hours in the am and pm. About 1.5 months ago, the little ones started laying small, funky shaped eggs, as normal. Then...
  19. D

    Molting or bullying?

    I have a Russian Orloff in a mixed flock, and she has been molting for several weeks but she is now getting red and sore on her head (see picture). Is this just part of the molt or an injury? Something else? I have another hen (copper Moran) who is currently separated from the flock as she was...
  20. M

    Shivering while molting

    My three year old hen, Nugget, was mid-molt when the temperatures started dropping. During the day we have temperatures in the high 60s but at night it sometimes dips down into the 30s. Tonight I noticed she was shivering when I went to lock up the coop. Is there anything I can do to help her...
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