Are they going through a molt?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CrazyChickensEverwhere, Jun 1, 2011.

  1. CrazyChickensEverwhere

    CrazyChickensEverwhere Songster

    Apr 8, 2011
    I have 3 hens whos feathers are messed up.

    The one is pretty funy looking. Shes got a patch of feathers missing on her neck, and she has only little stubs sticking out, her crop has little pointy things comming in also. Its been this way for 1-2 months, its got better in some places, then feathers go missing in another area,and stubs come in. She has not layed lately,I saw her once in the last 1-2 months.

    The other one was stubs starting to come in on her neck.

    The last one also has little points sharp stubs also.

    I get 6-8 eggs a day from 10 hens who should be laying (I have 2 broodys also)

    are they motting?
  2. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

    Mar 17, 2008
    Lots of things can cause feather loss: molting, broody, picking, rooster mating or lice/mites. If you don't have a rooster, they're not broody and you've checked them for lice and mites. Then either the girls are picking and eating each others feathers or they're molting. If they're not laying, it's probably molting. You can try upping their protein with some cat food to help them get through it faster.
  3. Sorin

    Sorin Songster

    Jul 15, 2010
    Glenfield, ny
    It sounds like a molt, how old are they?
  4. CrazyChickensEverwhere

    CrazyChickensEverwhere Songster

    Apr 8, 2011
    a year

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