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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by wondermom319, Aug 25, 2013.

  1. wondermom319

    wondermom319 New Egg

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    So this is our first year with chickens and we also have 3 ducks. It was suppose to be just a few but we have 15... 3 roos and the rest are hens. We have rhode island reds, amercanas, 2 others breeds that I'm unsure of and a silkie. So I noticed yesterday while washing betty (silkie) feet that all her feathers are gone on her chest. Its not red, I didn't see any bugs. But there's nothing but skin there. Is it time to molt? Is she stressed. Why just her chest. Thanks every I'm advance for your input
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, wondermom319, and [​IMG]! Great to have you with us! While I've never owned Silkies I understand they are quite prone to broodiness. During this time chickens often pluck their own breast and belly feathers in order to line the nest for hatching babies. Has she been hanging out in a nest a lot lately?
     
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG] I agree with Redsoxs
     
  4. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    This is the time of year that birds will start to molt as well, although usually you will see feathers missing around the neck, wings and tail first.
     
  5. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] It does sound like she might be broody, but check her for mites as well, just in case.
     
  6. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
     
  7. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. wondermom319

    wondermom319 New Egg

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    We are from central Illinois btwv:) and I didn't see any bugs of any kind she just naked on her chest. My kids are always checking the coop for eggs so she doesn't get the chance sit to long lol thankd for your input everyone
     

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