Are they picking when I'm not looking?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by tootie, Feb 14, 2009.

  1. tootie

    tootie New Egg

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    Nov 22, 2008
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    I have noticed a recent increase in feathers in my coop and run. Do chickens loose feathers like people lose hair or could they be pulling each others feather out when I'm not looking?
     
  2. My chicken is cuter

    My chicken is cuter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Jan 6, 2009
    Houston, TX
    They're probably going through a molt. They shed their feathers about once a year and then grow them back. Are they laying eggs? Hens usually stop laying when they molt.

    Hope this helped
     

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