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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Rianna, Jul 29, 2015.
Does molting cause the chickens skin to become red?
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No it shouldn't. Skin can be red from mites, lice, others picking or plucking feathers from boredom or aggression, roosters treading too much on hens. But skin shouldn't be red when they molt.
Do you have a picture or can you describe this skin, where it is, how much is red, where it is on the body of the bird, etc...?
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X2 on TwoCrows's advice. Lots of time when birds are molting, other birds will peck at the skin and feathers. This irritates the skin (not to mention the chicken) which causes it to become red.
Are you sure your bird is molting though? Mites/lice can cause redness and feathers to be falling out.
If there are no bugs, just the others pecking - a chicken apron may allow the skin to heal without further abuse.
Welcome to BYC! x2 on TwoCrows advice.
Is anyone still around on this thread? I have a related question. Maybe someone can help?
What color should the chicken's skin be when it's molting? Is it ok to be pink (not red)? Can molting cause problems with digestion (runny poo)?
I have a chicken in her first molt and she is acting normal (more quiet last couple days but seems fine today) other than the poo and her skin is pink. It doesn't look like anyone is pecking her. (there's only 3 and they get along really well.)
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