Easter Egger, Maria Von Trapp, is loosing feathers... Not even a year old

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ChristieDB, Dec 7, 2018 at 9:56 AM.

  1. ChristieDB

    ChristieDB In the Brooder

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    One of my Easter Eggers is loosing feathers, especially around neck, and looks like a hot mess. Her comb is lost its red... We've been having a cold snap here in GA (in the 20s at night) but they are copped and we are running a heta lamp to boost the temp in the coop. She's eating and behaving like her normal neurotic self... But this is concerning me. She is 9months old and has been laying since July. 20181207_103815.jpg 20181207_103814.jpg 20181207_103717.jpg 20181207_103706.jpg 20181207_103726.jpg 20181207_103815.jpg 20181207_103814.jpg 20181207_103717.jpg 20181207_103706.jpg 20181207_103726.jpg
     
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  2. Sue Gremlin

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    Looks like she's moulting, totally normal.
     
  3. LlamaGirl4

    LlamaGirl4 Songster

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    She’s molting! Everything’s ok!
     
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  4. townchicks

    townchicks Crowing

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    Just molting. You can even see new feathers coming in. Heat has nothing to do with the molting cycle, it's about length of day. BTW, you really don't need a heat lamp for 20 degree temps, the hens can handle that just fine.
     
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  5. ChristieDB

    ChristieDB In the Brooder

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    I thought hens wouldn't molt until after they are a year old?

    Shew.... I was worried because she's a hot mess! Can you tell I'm a first time mama hen?
     
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  6. townchicks

    townchicks Crowing

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    Usually they don't go through a full molt, but it varies with the individual. Better to ask and be told it's normal, than not ask and lose a bird. Chickens are crazy tough, and at the same time so very delicate. It's normal to worry, I think most of us do.
     
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  7. Cragg Klefor

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    She's also gorgeous!
     
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