Is my chicken moulting or is she getting pecked

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by choptank330, Dec 6, 2012.

  1. choptank330

    choptank330 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have 6 hens and one of them my australorp seems like she is molting and pretty bad, but im pretty sure that she isnt a year old yet. she is like 8 or 9 months old. I have some pictures but they arent the best. Also you cant see it in the pictures but she has almost no feathers on the bottom of her bum. any help would be appreciated... TIA in the very last pic you can see her neck is loosing feathers too
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  2. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd say she is doing a molt. The sparse tail is one clue. Look above her eyes if she has lost feathers there that is a good sign of molt. They tend to protect their heads, and the small feathers there are not prime targets for feather pickers.
     
  3. choptank330

    choptank330 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thank you!! that is what i was thinking. in my coop it looks like a pillow busted with black feathers :( . just kinda wanted to ask around since i am new to chickens!!!
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    I agree with Den. It appears as if she is in a full molt.
     

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