Feather Picking or Moulting?

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by spackals, Dec 9, 2010.

  1. spackals

    spackals Out Of The Brooder

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    My little ladies are about 9 mo. now. Since it's been getting dark earlier they are usually in their house at about 5 pm. They're spending probably a total of 14 hours in there. I'm sure I already know the answer to this but I want to get some other opinions. I heard that they usually don't go through their first moult until they're over a year and usually in the fall. Since this all started happening in the fall I don't know what to think. So are they bored and feather picking or are they moulting?
    It's mostly the hackles, which look oily to me. One is also missing tail feathers.
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    This one looks like she has a big hole. You can see some feathers in there though.

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    Of course this is our top hen. She looks just fine.
     
  2. Ravishaw

    Ravishaw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it might be rooster burn.
     
  3. roocrazy

    roocrazy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 11, 2009
    minnesota!!!!
    i say molt
     

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