How do I know if molting or feather plucking?


In the Brooder
Oct 3, 2018
Vancouver Island, BC, Canada
Some of my hens are losing feathers on their necks and above their wings. Ive noticed some of them are getting a little feisty too. I read their behaviours can change while molting?
How do I know if its molt/stress/fighting/feather plucking?
Generally, if your birds are approaching a year and it's Fall time, it is almost certainly molt. Feather picking, from my experience, usually ends up in missing tailfeathers and bald/red spots. Another easy way to tell is they molt symmetrical, i.e. the same spot on both sides of their wings. Also, molting is a short term condition. Unless they look the same in a few weeks, I wouldn't worry too much

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