24-28 week molt??? Question

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  1. Swampchicken1

    Swampchicken1 In the Brooder

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    Bought my chickens in April. They all act healthy. However a few of them are almost completely bald under the vent. No lice or mites visible and vents look good. Is this a molt or something to worry about? I have noticed some new feathers coming in but they are very bald in that area, probably a 2*2 area. it is very cold here in upstate ny.
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    Welcome to BYC. Hard to tell without pictures, but to me it sounds more like feather picking/plucking. How much space do they have ?
     
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  3. Trimurtisan

    Trimurtisan Gone with the quackers

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    Hello and welcome to BYC. It would be helpful if you could upload a picture of the bird/s in question.
     
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  4. Swampchicken1

    Swampchicken1 In the Brooder

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    Coop is 8*12 and run is 12*24 I let them free range 2-3 hrs a day. I’ll try to post pics.i never see them pecking each other.
     
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  5. Swampchicken1

    Swampchicken1 In the Brooder

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    Posted a pic. Hopefully you can see it below. First day here
     

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  6. BullChick

    BullChick Enslaved by a Duckling

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    Don’t worry about the weather. This is when chickens molt. I cannot say I’ve ever had a chicken start molting there, but at this time I don’t know any other reason for the lack of feathers.
     
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  7. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Enabler

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    Welcome To BYC!
    Your title say 24-28wk molt. Are these pullets 24-28wks old, you got them as chicks?
    What type of food/treats do you have?
    How many birds do you have?
    It does look like feather picking - observe you pullets during roosting time, see if these are getting plucked then.
    The bottom (abdomen) on the pullet looks a bit "saggy" could be the photo, but I would feel of that, is it firm/hard or soft and pliable?


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  8. Swampchicken1

    Swampchicken1 In the Brooder

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    I got them as chicks. They have been together since weeks 1. Did the math and I believe they are 32 weeks as of today. I give them layer feed and about a cup of scratch per day. I have 17. I observed them a lot and they are nice to each other. All seems to roost in the same place. And I think it is the pic that makes it look like that but I’ll check tomorrow.
     
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  9. TheChiggens

    TheChiggens The Cluckmazing Factor

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  10. rjohns39

    rjohns39 Wrangler

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    Hi and welcome to BYC :frow We're so happy you've decided to join us :ya
     
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