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10 month old Rhode Island Red hens losing feathers

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by phoneman40, Jan 4, 2011.

  1. phoneman40

    phoneman40 Out Of The Brooder

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    just a question about my 10 month old Rhode Island Red hens...over the past four or five days I have noticed about 3 out of 10 are starting to lose feathers....there has been to stress or change in diet or anything to cause this that I can think of....any of you chicken guru's know what this could possibly be caused by-they are acting perfectly normal so i don't know where to start.....

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    Last edited: Jan 4, 2011
  2. BrianT

    BrianT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is she being pecked? or maybe molting?
     
  3. NoseyChickens

    NoseyChickens Feathers On The Ground

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    They are moulting. Totally normal. Chickens shed thier feathers at least once a year and grow in new ones. Hens may stop laying during this time. Again totally normal.
     
  4. ZaneyMama

    ZaneyMama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My 10 month old hen just did the exact same thing. The pin feathers are new feathers coming in and she is molting. She'll look really funny for a while and then back to normal! Mine took about 2 weeks to get back to normal.
     
  5. TrystInn

    TrystInn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Completely normal moulting. Looks alarming, but isn't. Pump up their protein to help them grow new feathers and they'll be just fine.
     
  6. phoneman40

    phoneman40 Out Of The Brooder

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    THANK YOU!!! I thought they might be out there smoking crack or something. You are all
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  7. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    We're lying, they're actually smoking something....

    Anyway, those funny looking feathers are the indication of molt -- pin feathers.
     
  8. Jess N Jeff

    Jess N Jeff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like molting to me. My 1 year old Australorp just did an entire body molt...I shouldn't laugh but it looked absolutely alien funny. I felt so bad for her I kept her in the house at night the last couple of weeks. It was soooo cold outside...[​IMG]
     
  9. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Hi Pro. Usually sold as gamebird feed. Thumbs up!
     
  10. TrystInn

    TrystInn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 16, 2009
    Southern Arizona
    You might wanna check your weeds just in case. [​IMG]
     

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