chicken feathers

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by okmarge, Jan 29, 2014.

  1. okmarge

    okmarge Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 19, 2013
    I have two Americana's. They are 10 months old. One of them is losing feathers on her neck. It does not look like pecking from other birds. No bleeding or open skin. Is this normal? When do they start molting?
    Thanks for your time.
  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Good article on molting and the timing. That is young to be doing a full molt, but birds can do partial molts about anytime, non production breeds seem to do that more, especially if something stresses them. Has anything happened to upset her lately or has she been ill, has there been a change in their lighting or coop? You should be seeing pin feathers pretty soon if it is a molt. When some birds pluck and eat feathers, they won't necessarily break the skin, so I would still wonder about another bird doing it.

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