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Is this molting or pecking order harrassment??

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by sarahooten, Oct 12, 2016.

  1. sarahooten

    sarahooten New Egg

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    So my barred rocks are 18 months old. I have 2, and three rhody reds same age. Also 2 eight month old sexlinks. The rocks seem to be in the middle of the pecking order. I get 5-6 eggs a day, and they all seem to get along. What could be causing their wings to look like this?
     
  2. Venevee

    Venevee Out Of The Brooder

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    If they seem to be getting along then she could just be molting. If she was being bullied to the point where her wings were looking like that, then you should have been noticing some sort of harassment, which is why I think she is simply molting.
    But I do have a few questions to ask...
    Have you noticed her messing with her wings or excessively pulling out feathers?
    Is she broody at all or has been recently? If so, are there missing feathers under her belly?
    How long have her wings looked like that?
    Do you have roosters?
     
  3. MrsBrooke

    MrsBrooke Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I also vote molting. :)

    Have you checked your flock for lice and mites lately?

    MrsB
     
  4. sarahooten

    sarahooten New Egg

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    No roosters!! And we watch them very carefully. Her behavior is quite normal. No messing around with her wings and all of our chickens are lice free. The others are all very healthy looking. She has looked like this for the last 3-4 weeks. They live in our converted shed with a big caged in coop, and free range almost every afternoon. Life is good for a chicken here lol [​IMG]
     
  5. Venevee

    Venevee Out Of The Brooder

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    I believe that your hen is healthy and simply molting. Feathers typically take about 6 weeks to grow back, but it depends on the feather type (breast feathers, wing feathers, etc.) I would wait it out and check her for signs of feathers coming back after about 6-7 weeks.
     

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