molting

  1. L

    9 Mo old Buff Orpington loosing feathers

    Hi all. My 9 mo Buff Orpington is loosing feathers. Almost like prematurely molting. My understanding is that would be -18 mo usually. - Lots of pin feathers - I’ve separated her from the rest of the flock - Vent looks normal - Not as energetic as usual kinda staying by herself but does come...
  2. emmabellybutton

    Molting Issue?

    All the rest of my ducks and chickens completely molted this past fall, except my one duck Spinach. He molted all his feathers except his flight feathers, they’re just raggedy sticks now. Is this a health concern? He is a Muscovy/magpie duck mule, his sister was mentally and physically disabled...
  3. kanami

    bullying or molting?

    i’m so stressedddd, i’ve noticed some of my chooks are losing feathers and this is coming up on year one of me being a chicken tender and this is a first for me. i need the experts to look at all these photos and help me see if they are getting bullied or if some are molting or both! one day i...
  4. isabellajosie

    8 Month Old Hen Molting?

    Hello. I have an eight month old Partridge Plymouth Rock hen that I think may be molting. I’m a little concerned as to whether the reason for her loss of feathers is actually molting. Since she’s still young and it’s January, although I’ve read that some chickens will molt at any time during the...
  5. MissGreenJeans

    New aggression and reintroduction in winter

    Hi, folks. I’ve got a challenging situation and would love your advice. My hens are about a year and a half old. They grew up together as chicks and have lived in harmony. A few months ago, they stated to molt for the first time. They didn’t do it all at once. The later molters are almost done...
  6. G

    Molting chickens + -30 windchills…

    I am a new chicken mama, please don’t judge. I know a lot of people have been worried about the cold. I live in NW Georgia and it hasn’t gotten below 20 degrees yet, but tonight/tomorrow it’s supposed to be below 0 with -20 to -30 windchills. We built our coop, and it’s sturdy and well...
  7. R

    Raising chickens in Ecuador

    Hello everyone! We live in Ecuador. We have a coop for 5 hens, using deep litter method. Since the area I live in is 55 degrees to 75 degrees Fahrenheit all year long and the sun stays up for 12 hours a day every day of the year Will they lay eggs continuously or take a break and molt? The blue...
  8. J

    Is my chicken molting or impacted?

    Hello everyone! I've just joined the forum today to take some of the guess work out of caring for my chickens. One of my hens, who is a buff orpington named Queeny, started acting a bit strange but I don't know whether to be worried or not. Her symptoms are tail down SOMETIMES and also...
  9. Ellyhutch

    Muscovy duck losing weight

    My 2.5 year old darling Muscovy, Cheech, has me a little concerned. She’s been molting for a couple of months, which obviously takes a lot of energy, but now that winter is settling in, she’s much more fatigued than normal and she’s lost a lot of weight - like 2-3 pounds. Her caruncle looks...
  10. buffy-the-eggpile-layer

    Coccidiosis or Intestinal Lining?

    When scooping poop from the coop this morning, I noticed two poops had gelatinous/stringy red bits in it resembling blood. Should I go ahead and treat for coccidiosis? All the poops in the run looked normal and all my hens are acting bright, eating, drinking, etc. My hens are all 3.5 y/o; no...
  11. CamTheChknKeeper

    What’s changing my Lav Orp roo??

    I put a much younger (1 year old) lavender Orpington roo in with my first guy last year; they squabbled and Very occasionally the older one (nearly 10 years old now) bullied the younger, but they both crowed and strutted etc especially in front of the hens’ pen next door. This fall was the...
  12. RobinS1217

    Worms?

    Ugh. I’m afraid my chickens(17w) have worms. They’ve been “molting” for 5 weeks. there are 18 of them so not sure if they’ve been molting this whole time or just one after the other. Or if the feather loss is a symptom of a worm issue? They look like healthy birds but I take their run every 2...
  13. B

    Hen Losing Feathers! Bad mites?

    My 1 year old hen, Rosie, is rapidly losing feathers, mostly on her back. She just finished becoming broody, and this is her first "molt" of adulthood. She has overall been pretty healthy, and is a black australorp/ISA brown cross and her parents have no issues. I'm thinking it's bad feather...
  14. Kurakurakulaku

    Chicken suddenly pecks the other

    Hi… I only have 2 chickens I raised since they were 8 weeks. They’ve been so cute together all these times, I called them besties. They walk everywhere side by side. Then, one of the chicken is molting and becomes very aggressive toward the other chicken. She starts pecking the other chicken...
  15. TheBirdBabe

    Opinions on beak needed!

    Can I ask your opinion on this beak? 🤔 It was not like this before. I know it's molting season & everything is out of whack, but is this a chip or something more serious? Is there anything I can do for him? Sorry about picture quality. I was trying to get every angle & he wasn't having it! 😅
  16. buffy-the-eggpile-layer

    Rooster vaguely ill but can't figure out why!

    I recently posted about my 2.5 y/o bantam rooster, who had de-spurred himself. That all has healed up well but something more is off about him and I can't figure out what. A few days before that incident I noticed him slowing down--ex. being slower to leave the run when I let everyone out to...
  17. PhenixJiRa

    Molt & Artificial Lighting - 1 Year Old

    My chickens just turned a year old (Sept 2022) and I am using artificial lighting that comes on at 6:30am which is about 30 minutes before first light. I was planning to continue this for a month or so until it gets further into fall when I might remove the light but not sure yet (this is my...
  18. buffy-the-eggpile-layer

    Signs Chicken is *ABOUT* to Start a Molt

    My flock boss, Willow, a hybrid RIR, is having a rough summer. Health-wise, she'd been great. She's almost 3.5 years old and she's been laying quite well all through the summer--though, slightly less than the previous summer, which I understand to be normal. However, over the last week or two...
  19. K

    Molting?

    Hi!! My two oldest ducks (about 1.5 - 2 years old) appear to be possibly molting. It is the beginning prime summer time where I live (Maine) and it’s starting to get very hot out daily. I’m unsure if it is molting or if they are sick. They are acting normal, eating and drinking, their poop looks...
  20. MolliMonster99

    Runner duck molting?

    Hi everyone! My Runner duck Frances seems to be molting? He has a couple of bald spots on his wings and I can see he's got some new feathers starting to grow on the tips of his wings (you can see the feathers growing outwards). He seems to be losing more feathers than the others, but they all...
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