Is this Molting?!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MiBirds, Oct 22, 2018.

  1. MiBirds

    MiBirds Songster

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    Hey guys! I went into my coop yesterday and one of my hen’s feathers are all over the coop! She has patches of feathers missing on her neck, back, both wings, and her tail. I picked her up and I can see that the feathers weren’t ripped out by anything and they’re just falling out. When I carried her around there left a trail of feathers. I attached photos. I looked it up and I think it’s annual molting, but I’ve never seen it like this before haha wow. One weird thing though is that she’s the only one it’s happening to. She is also my oldest chicken, being six years old. Maybe this means she’s healthy?
     

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  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

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  3. Wyorp Rock

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    Looks like molting to me. I see new growth coming in.
    Chickens are individuals, so they won't molt at the same time.
    I have some that molted almost a month ago and now I have a few that are just now starting.
     
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    aart Chicken Juggler!

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