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Is my new hen molting?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by wmillsap, Sep 28, 2015.

  1. wmillsap

    wmillsap Out Of The Brooder

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    I got this year of hen last week. The woman said she was just finishing a molt. The feather loss is only on her bottom. Is that molting? She is very friendly and seems happy. [​IMG]
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    She is a silver Wyandotte.
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    That looks more like feather picking, I'm gonna assume the lady was crowding her chickens, how old is she, if she's older than a year she will molt and regrow those feathers soon.
     
  3. wmillsap

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    The lady I bought her from said she was a year old. She said she had lost her feathers because of the molt and her new feathers were starting to already grow in. I see some babyish fussy feather but no real feathers. Is their something I can feed her to help her grow new feathers quickly? If she is less than a yr old, and this is from pecking, will the feathers grow back?
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    Hopefully they will grow back, I can't recall a single chicken young or old not replacing feathers that are lost before winter, you don't see fuzz like that during a molt, not much else you can do, just watch for any pecking from your other hens, the lady was telling you stories to make herself feel better I think.
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    I call BS. A 12 month old hen would not likely to be going thru a full molt, tho I have had a 9 month old molt.
    But you might not know here age in months.

    I'd check her over carefully for pests.
     
  6. wmillsap

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    Ok so I emailed the lady I got her from. She said some of it was a mean rooster and she discovered about 2 months ago a bully hen in the coop. The reason she thinks some of it is due to molting was because sshe was laying and now she has stopped. Although her comb is bright red. So what should I put on it? Someone said talcum powder? Nothing is bleeding. What can I do to help her lay again and grow feathers before winter. We are in Alabama. They are just back yard pets and egg makers. I don't want her to be cold in the winter without feathers. It gets into the low 40's in November and low 30's in January at night.
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    You don't need to do anything at all, no reason to 'treat' it in any way.
    The feathers won't grow back until she does molt.
    I've had birds go thru harsh winters here with bare backs and they were just fine.
    She may be off laying because of the move to a new place, that may take some time.

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  8. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    I wouldn't do much but feed her well and see what happens, your temperatures are really not that cold to a chicken, mine may start shivering at -30, my chicken are most comfortable at 20-60. Nothing like watching happy chickens when it turns colder, they suffer more in the heat.
     

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