In the Brooder
- Jan 29, 2020
Just recently my hen stopped being broody. After a couple of weeks, she started to lose feathers. I thought nothing of it because it seemed like a regular molt. But, just yesterday, I noticed that she has mostly down feathers left except for the feathers on her neck and some near her legs. Her wings look to be a grayish-blue color and are covered with little blue feather tips (Like the part of the feather that would be used to write with on a feather pen) and there was a big bald spot on the tip of her bum where I could see spots where feathers should have been. Aside from that, she was walking sideways and ducking when she did so. Today, her back was also covered with those blue tips, too. Whenever she goes over to get the food she seems hungry and eats it ferociously. Another chicken came up to the food and she lightly pecked the other chicken so they would leave (she doesn't seem to be getting bullied). She also seems to be kind of confused. She walked up the wall and kind of moved her head around for a few seconds. She's almost two years old and this is the first time she has molted. Is she just molting and that's what is causing the weird walking or is there something else going on with her?