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Feather loss

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by lee miller1, Jan 2, 2017.

  1. lee miller1

    lee miller1 Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 2, 2016
    Hi I was just wondering why my leghorn is loosing feathers at her head and at her tail? It's really cold here 0-10 right now so I doubt that she is moulting. She was born in April and the other 7 leghorns that were born with her look great.

    Thanks for your suggestions


    Last edited: Jan 2, 2017
  2. KarateHorse

    KarateHorse Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 13, 2016
    She might be molting. Sometimes our hens moult in the winter.
  3. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Looks like she's molting to me. Could be doing a full molt, or just a partial molt.
  4. lee miller1

    lee miller1 Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 2, 2016
    Thank you both for helping me out!
  5. Nksg75

    Nksg75 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 18, 2014
    I apologize for jumping on this thread, however if anyone could look at the pics of my silkie and give me your opinion. I believe she may be molting, she is about 18-19 months old, so this would be her first molt. Does this look like molting to you? I have not owned chickens long enough to expierence this. If it is molting, great! On the down side, she has once again decided to be broody. I am in the midst of stopping her, because she has already brooded twice this year and if she is indeed molting that's way to hard on her little body.

    This is what she usually looks like:


    And this vulture looking thing is her now:

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