Anyone ever heard of a Spring molt?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by manyhighfives, Apr 2, 2012.

  1. manyhighfives

    manyhighfives Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello BYC!

    I posted a couple weeks ago that my chickens seem to have some dirty tail feathers, and I noticed today that one of my hens is losing feathers around her vent and also along her comb on top of her head.

    Could she be molting? I thought that occurred in the fall. I got her in September and she did not molt at all during the fall/winter months and laid eggs all the way through.

    She is still laying eggs.

    Any help/advice would be appreciated.

    Thanks!
     
  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Hmmm...it's not common, but it can happen. However, I would first check closely around those areas (at the base of the feather shafts and on the skin) to rule out mite or lice infestations. This link may help: http://ohioline.osu.edu/vme-fact/0018.html
     

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