Hen not Molting

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Samantha4, Jan 11, 2015.

  1. Samantha4

    Samantha4 New Egg

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    Anyone had this problem before? I have a hen that has not molted this year. She looks like a rag. Everyone else has finished molting long ago. I have checked her from top to bottom she looks fine. She is eating, drinking, and running around. She is not laying right now. Any ideas?
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    Welcome to BYC. I can't answer why your hen hasn't molted, but I also have a 20 month old ISA brown who has never molted to my knowledge. She has never stopped laying almost every day in 14-15 months except when she went broody and hatched eggs last summer. Here are some links to read about molting that are informative:
    http://www.grit.com/animals/molting-what-is-it--how-to-help-chickens-get-through-it.aspx
    http://www.nutrenaworld.com/knowledge-center/poultry/the-molting-process/index.jsp
    http://msucares.com/poultry/management/poultry_feathers.html
     

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