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Chicken looking rough is this due to molting ?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by cluckey, Oct 25, 2015.

  1. cluckey

    cluckey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My weslumer hen is a looking at bit rugged around her beak and the feathers on her head. She and the rest of the flock are a year and 2 months old now. There are feathers all over the place but nobody seems to be bare or visually missing any. This hens comb seems to be less full less bright and seems smaller. Is this due to molting? Nobody else looks like this.I tried to get a picture but she kept moving so this is the best I could get for now.
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  2. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

    Molting birds can look quite raggedy. Some molt more feathers at a time, others (slower molters) fewer. In addition hens usually stop laying during molt, and the combs of non-laying hens are smaller and pale in color. Keep an eye on her, if she is active and eating well she is likely molting.
     
  3. cluckey

    cluckey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's relieving. We have definitely slowed down in egg quantities. Everyone one else looks fine. Shed the only one look rugged. But a she is eating and ranging around like she usually does. Thanks for the info!
     
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    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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