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Are they Molting or is Something eating their feathures

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by 27strong, Feb 21, 2012.

  1. 27strong

    27strong Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 17, 2011
    Been for a couple of month now. Backs are bare now they are loosing feathers on the head. I am just wondering if they are molting or is something eating them. I checked them and i don't see any lice or anything else on them. So maybe point me to an informative article on molting.
  2. so lucky

    so lucky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 31, 2011
    SE Missouri
    How old are they? Is the skin just bare or broken? If this is not their first winter, and there is not an agressive roo with them, I'd say it is probably molt.You can find pics of molting birds if you search the forum. Prepare to be astounded.
  3. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    Sounds like their molting. Up their protein this will help them grow their feathers back.Molting can sometimes take a long time.
  4. 27strong

    27strong Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 17, 2011
    no roosters, 23 hens 7 months old. Their first winter. Yes they do look like the pictures online. They are loosing feathers where they suppose to. I guess molting just takes long time. Backs are bare with new feathers sticking out.

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