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Is this molt?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by newbiechicken, Oct 27, 2009.

  1. newbiechicken

    newbiechicken Out Of The Brooder

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    One of my three-year-old hens looks like somebody has been plucking her. She looks naked! Tail feathers essentially gone, all scraggly looking on her body. Is this molt?
     
  2. purelypoultry

    purelypoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That sounds like molt to me.
     
  3. crazyhen

    crazyhen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can you see what looks like porcupine quills on some areas where the feathers are gone? If yes it is molt. If there are red angry places or sore looking areas no. Hope this helps Gloria Jean
     
  4. newbiechicken

    newbiechicken Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks, crazyhen, that helps a lot. There ARE porcupine quills around her neck. My farrier made me nervous today when he suggested that she should molt in the spring, but I had heard from this board that they molt in the fall. Poor thing, she looks totally nekked. She seems happy and healthy otherwise, though. Anyway, thanks for the help guys!
     

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