Is she molting

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by pdcttc, Sep 23, 2011.

  1. pdcttc

    pdcttc Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi
    I am fairly new to chickens. I got my chickens last Nov. so they are a little over 10 mounths old.
    One of my B.R. has stoped laying, her comb has shrunk, she is missing her tail ,and I see feathers in the coop and run.

    The coop and run are not covered with feathers like I have seen some posts describe. The hen seems to be the boss in the coop, so I do not think the others are picking on her. No roster, so its is not the result rough passion.
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    She seem to be eating and pooping ok and other than the egg laying everything seem normal.

    Could this be a molt-- I have seen posts that say they dont do it till they are abour 18 mounths or so? If it is a molt how long do they usuly last?
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    I've had pullets go through a mini molt in the 8 to 9 month range, but they were generally light molts. I would be worried about illness.

    A good way to check the health of your bird is with the appearance of her droppings. This page may be helpful to you:



    http://chat.allotment.org.uk/index.php?topic=17568.0
     
  3. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Look the bird over carefully and see if you can see feather quills (the new feathers growing in are wrapped in a papery protective sheath). If you see these quills, it's a good sign your chicken is indeed molting.
     
  4. pdcttc

    pdcttc Out Of The Brooder

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    I will check for quill tonight when I get home.

    I have not seen any adnormal poop around but i have not been looking very close. I will pull up a chair and wait to see.
     
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:If she's not molting I would be concerned about worms.

    Also check around her vent area for signs of drainage, seen as yellowish or white discharge below the vent.
     
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