How do I know if molting or feather plucking?

HewittHens

In the Brooder
Oct 3, 2018
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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?
 

ngennetta

Songster
5 Years
Apr 26, 2016
122
180
146
Colorado
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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