Is she molting?!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by honeyb711, Oct 24, 2016.

  1. honeyb711

    honeyb711 Out Of The Brooder

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    I've noticed Digging Delilah looking rather scruffy, she is about 24wks old. Her 3
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    I forgot to add, it is only her lower back & sides that have the tacky looking feathers.
     
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  3. cow whisperer

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    I've noticed Digging Delilah looking rather scruffy, she is about 24wks old. Her 3 coop-anions are looking as pretty as ever, & I can't see anything bothering her. So...as I'm still learning...is this molting related?
     
  4. cow whisperer

    cow whisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Her companions may be plucking her feathers out seeing how she is fairly new to the coop and pecking order has to be established between them. I go through that with the chickens that are on the farm where I live.
     
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    No, I have checked that & watched closely. She is definitely not picked on. & she was actually one of the first 2 in the coop. The younger 2 then followed.
     
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  6. cow whisperer

    cow whisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ok
     
  7. aart

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    At 24 weeks she shouldn't be molting...I think she looks OK, tho her cushion feathers are a little odd looking.
    A better pic up close with a hand behind a few of those feathers might help.

    Did they grow in like that or have they changed recently?
    Could they be getting mussed from rubbing against something when she roosts or gets into a nest.
    Any chance she's mixed with silkie somewhere in her background?
    Is she laying yet?
     
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    She isn't laying yet, I have only 1 who has started laying, she is a couple of wks older & a Coronation Sussex. No silkies, besides the 2 Sussex ladies we just have an Australorp & a RSL (Lohmons). I haven't noticed her rubbing on anything, & since this post, most of these scraggily looking feathers have fallen out, but leaving no bald patches, as they were kind of just amongst the top layer of her feathers.

    *too early for me, I shldnt post without coffee [​IMG] I read your question wrong. Her background I'm unsure of, she was picked up from our feed store. So I guess it could be a possibility.
     
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  9. cow whisperer

    cow whisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Could she be losing her baby feathers and her adult feathers be growing in?
     
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    She was already about 18weeks old when we got her. These feathers only appeared a few days prior to posting. I know my pics are not the best, but it kinda looked like they had been wet & they dried scruffy looking. But, I know she hadn't gotten wet. I will try find a few of the dropped feathers when I'm home again & post pictures. I mean, she seems ok healthwise, she is behaving the same still, eating & drinking, having dust baths etc. I am just curious however though because it seemed odd & I'm still learning.
     

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