Hello! I'm a newbie and have question

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Minihen, Nov 18, 2011.

  1. Minihen

    Minihen New Egg

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    So glad for this forum--got my girls last Mar so this is first winter. I have 2 barred rocks and 3 golden comets. Had a rooster named Rosie but that's another story! One of the rocks, Riley, is dropping feathers and i think she is the one not laying. (only getting 4 eggs daily) She's first in and last out of coop, but is eating. What could be the problem and how to fix? Many thanx. [​IMG]
     
  2. CrestedGirl

    CrestedGirl Polish Obsessed

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    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from north Texas [​IMG] so glad you joined us [​IMG] I think your girl is molting (molting is annual, they lose their old feathers and grow new ones) when a hen is molting she also stops laying too [​IMG]
     
  3. S&N Livestock

    S&N Livestock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] from Ohio
     
  4. peepacheep

    peepacheep Chillin' With My Peeps

    Welcome to BYC Minihen! Like CrestedGirl said, it sounds like your hen is molting. For the past month my coop has looked like a massive pillow fight happened. Only 2 out 12 hens have been laying since the molting started, now one of those 2 are dropping feathers. Between molting, less daylight and colder weather my hens take a bit of a vacation this time of year from laying.
     
  5. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

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  6. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

    [​IMG] [​IMG] from WA. glad you joined us!
    Yes, when they start to molt they can look rather raged and sad looking! Give them a little extra protein during this time which will help bring there new feathers in a little faster. I have one hen that looks like a mess!
     
  7. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Welcome to BYC. You can give your molting BR gamebird feed which is higher in protein than normal layer feed. It'll help with feather regrowth. Once she's feathered out, return to layer feed.
     
  8. GoldenSparrow

    GoldenSparrow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome!!!!!!!! [​IMG]
     
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  9. CheerioLounge

    CheerioLounge Chillin' With My Peeps

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    from Twentynine Palms, CA You'll find a lot of friendly, knowledgeable folks here who love to help!!

    Sounds like molt to me too! She'll be pretty again in no time!! And laying again too!
     
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  10. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from michigan [​IMG]
     

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