Does this look typical molting?

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  1. capebird

    capebird Chillin' With My Peeps

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  2. JanetS

    JanetS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How old are they? Chickens are usually around 18 months when they molt.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    One of my hens has red skin showing like that on her butt, the rest of her doesn't look like she's molting.
     
  4. capebird

    capebird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks for the replies. The chickens are not that old…. maybe 6 months old. It seems early for them to be molting. Which is why i'm wondering if this is something going on. There is also an older hen in the group that also seems to have the bare belly and red skin…. but she is also loosing feathers in other areas and is also almost 2 years old. So she I would think is molting.
    Any suggestions would be appreciated.
    thanks!!
     
  5. BrickWall Honey

    BrickWall Honey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Check them for mites
     
  6. capebird

    capebird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    how do you check for mites? Not sure how to do that…. thanks
     
  7. 4 the Birds

    4 the Birds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not molting so may be some other issue. What type of bedding do you use and do you add any type of insecticide dust?
     
  8. capebird

    capebird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The coop floor is sand. The nesting boxes contain pine wood chips. I'll inspect the birds a bit more
    carefully and see if I can detect any type of mites or fleas or the like. I'll clean out the nest boxes and
    wipe them down with bleach solution and replace the wood chips. I was thinking of spreading some diatomaceous
    earth in the nest boxes… does that sound like it might help?
    Thanks
     

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