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early molt ? or ?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by jsprad, Feb 4, 2012.

  1. jsprad

    jsprad Hatching

    Feb 4, 2012
    2 out of 5 hens losing feathers around neck and back. All are 10 months old. Is that too early to molt? All still laying well. Weather has been very unseasonable. Anybody have any suggestions? they dont seem to be picking.
    Thanks much

  2. Rainwolf

    Rainwolf De La Menagerie

    Aug 4, 2010
    Seattle, WA
    My Coop

    do you have a rooster? it could be he's been busy pulling feathers while attempting to mate.
  3. Jerseycoop

    Jerseycoop Songster

    May 13, 2011
    New Jersey
    Same here 2 out of 7 started molting in October got their feathers. Then 4 lost their feathers in December and haven't gotten their feathers back in. All bear back some losing around the neck area. I don't have a rooster checked for bugs but couldn't find any. I dusted with sevin after a good clean out of coop/run today because I think it's mites. Wish I could help you but I'm in the same boat it seems :rolleyes:

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