Buff Orphington Molting at 9 months old???

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by st marys peeps, Dec 25, 2012.

  1. st marys peeps

    st marys peeps New Egg

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    I have been seeing feathers in and around the coop for the last 3 weeks or so, but no one looked like they were molting. I was gone for 4 days and upon returning home, I see that one of my Buffs has lost a lot of feathers on her neck! I have no roosters and I do not believe the others are "pecking" on her as they have been together since they were about a week old. I am wondering if she could be molting? She is around 9 months old (born late March 2012). None of the other 3 seem to be molting, even the other Buff I have.

    Please help as I am worried about her and this is my first year with my babies!
     
    Last edited: Dec 25, 2012
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    More than likely she is molting, and if so you should soon see pin feathers apearing.
     
  3. st marys peeps

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    Thanks Sourland... that makes me feel a little better. I tried to get a look at her neck while she was running around outside, but wasn't able to get a hold of her. I wanted to make sure there are no bugs or anything, but I would think the other 3 would be having the same issue if it was bug related?

    Also, what will the pin feathers look like? I tried to look up pics on the site, but didn't really find any that I could actually see how they look.

    We had a friend watching the chickens while we were away, and he said she was acting normally but I will start watching her tomorrow.

    Thanks again!
     
  4. Gargoyle

    Gargoyle Overrun With Chickens

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    Post photos so people can see the feather loss pattern, that will help determine if it is molting or pecking.
     
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Pin feathers are spikey, quill like sheathed in a translucent material.
     
  6. RhodeIslandRedFan

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  7. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut Premium Member

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    I am having the same problem with my 9 month old Buff Orp!!! Bad thing is I am leaving for a 5 day trip day after tomorrow and I might have seen a dot of blood. [​IMG]
     

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