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chickens molting more than once a year

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by krusty50, Feb 22, 2015.

  1. krusty50

    krusty50 New Egg

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    I have a Buff Orpington who heavily molted late last fall; she had many bare spots, and we were pretty concerned for her general health. However, she slowly replaced the feathers, and all seemed well.
    However, here we are at not quite the end of February, and she appears to be starting again. She doesn't act as though she is ill, but is slightly shy with her humans (she is usually happy to be petted), and slightly skittish around the other three hens. She is also putting herself to bed quite a while before they follow.
    Should I restart the 'Feather Fixer' feed? Should I look for other problems? Any help would be so appreciated.
     
  2. chickens123432

    chickens123432 Out Of The Brooder

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    could she maybe have mites?
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Definitely inspect closely for pests by parting the feathers right down to the skins around the vent, head/neck and under wings. Use a strong light (and wear your glasses...lol).

    Is she laying?
    Do you have a rooster?

    What are the nutrient levels of the feed you are using and what else are you feeding?
     
  4. jennyg

    jennyg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my white leghorns seem to molt twice a year, my other ones all are fine and some never molted and are between 2.5-1 yr old
     
  5. krusty50

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    Thank you to those who replied to my question. It, indeed, was mites. We treated all four of our girls (two topical applications one week apart), and they are all now in much better health. The Buff Orpington has stopped losing feathers, and is once again laying eggs. The Rhode Island Red is replacing all her feathers around her vent, and everyone acts more vigorous. They are also much more vocal! : )
    So grateful to see them in good health again.
     
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    jennyg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What was she sign for mites? Just to keep an eye out. Also how did you know?
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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