finding lots of feathers?

Feb 16, 2019
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I have a Rhode island red, she is almost a year old, I have been noticing her feathers are falling out and they are all over the yard and there coop, is this normal? it is getting colder in Nevada. I have also noticed I haven't seen any eggs from her in the last week? Does this have to do with the weather changing, but she is still singing the chicken song in the morning and I cant fing eggs anywhere. Thank you.
 

HenOnAJuneBug

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thank you. will she be done laying till the spring? and is there anything I can do for her for food or just keep going on the layer pellets, I also have 2 Ameraucanas that are still laying though!

That's a goof question about laying. I don't know. Most of mine are doing the same thing, and egg production has plummeted. I hope they start laying again before spring.

When mine molt I supplement with dry cat food (some have up to 40% protein) or move to a higher protein feed (like 20%). The higher protein won't hurt the ones still laying.
 

Peggysaurus

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I have a Rhode island red, she is almost a year old, I have been noticing her feathers are falling out and they are all over the yard and there coop, is this normal? it is getting colder in Nevada. I have also noticed I haven't seen any eggs from her in the last week? Does this have to do with the weather changing, but she is still singing the chicken song in the morning and I cant fing eggs anywhere. Thank you.
These are definite signs that she is molting. It's normal for any chicken and it usually lasts from a couple of weeks to a few months. When my chickens started their annual molt (they just finished a few weeks ago) their egg production drastically went down, they started to eat and drink less, and there were lots of feathers all over the coop. I hope this helps! :)
 

Mrs. K

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The daylight is also effecting lay, it is getting darker here sooner in the evening, and slower to light back up in the morning. If you add a few pullets each year, they tend to lay through the dark days of winter, but even the old birds will lay occasionally. Mine start laying more actively by the end of January, first part of February.

Mrs K
 

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