Is this hen molting?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Z_chicken, Jan 6, 2010.

  1. Z_chicken

    Z_chicken Out Of The Brooder

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    What's up with her tail feathers? They look frayed. She wasn't laying at all, and felt very rough to the touch, then she started to lay soft eggs last week. I'm hoping she's molting.

    Thanks!

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  2. Chickengal505

    Chickengal505 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I see no signs of molting?!
     
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    I don't see anything to indicate molting. When mine started molting, they quit laying eggs, then lost the feathers around their face, then the feathers on their neck. Then it spread down their body and they lost their down and tail feathers.

    Are you seeing feathers everywhere? (in the run, in the coop, etc) When my buttercup started molting it looked like they had a pillow fight and she lost.
     
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  4. jeslewmazer

    jeslewmazer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does she have mites?
     
  5. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Overrun With Chickens

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    Looks like her feathers have been shredded. One of the causes of this can be Mites. Check her over really well. Check the house she sleeps in, be sure to check the cracks, corners, and under the roosts. Look for little black moving specks. Takes decent eyes to see them sometimes.

    Matt
     
  6. Z_chicken

    Z_chicken Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks! I'll dust them all with DE just to make sure, but I can't see any mites. Would that account for her poor laying?
     
  7. RocketDad

    RocketDad Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What's that green stuff she's standing on? Where's the snow??? [​IMG]
     
  8. mboreham1

    mboreham1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Today 3:48 pm What's that green stuff she's standing on? Where's the snow???


    Its called So Cal! Same here in Nor Cal!
     
  9. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:DE will work as a preventative, but if she is infested or the coop is you need something stronger. Sevendust works most of the time.

    A bird being sucked by mites will not lay much or at all.

    Matt
     
  10. Taylor

    Taylor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    she's not molting, she must have mites, or she's just taking a break. [​IMG]
     

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