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Is my flock molting or are they sick?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by kcupcakes, Jun 12, 2017.

  1. kcupcakes

    kcupcakes Just Hatched

    Feb 17, 2017
    my chickens started losing feathers back in march and are still losing feathers now. How long until they start growing feathers again?? Im concerned they won't have feathers by the time winter is here again! Also I noticed I have a couple of hens plucking and eating each others feathers...should I be concerned? Could my hens be sick? They are all eating and drinking normally, and still laying eggs, no worms in their poop, but the feather plucking and eating has me concerned

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  2. Top Rooster

    Top Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 16, 2015
    North East Oklahoma
    Do you have a rooster? Those are his favorite hens when he mounts them he rubs off some feathers as long as they don't bleed their fine.
  3. peopleRanimals2

    peopleRanimals2 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2015
    Rhode Island
    Do you have a rooster? Also, check for mites around the vent area. To try and prevent feather picking by providing more protein, space, and activities for your hens.
  4. kcupcakes

    kcupcakes Just Hatched

    Feb 17, 2017
    No roosters, I did check for mites, no signs of that.

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