Is This Molting?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by in memory of henny penny, Jan 22, 2010.

  1. in memory of henny penny

    in memory of henny penny New Egg

    Jul 5, 2009
    One of our hens has been looking strange lately. Her feathers (Which are normaly a beige-ish color) are looking grey and tattered on her back, near her tail. We haven't had her for a year yet, and we've never had chickens before, so we're not too experienced with molting. What does molting look like? Is this molting, or mites, or feather picking? I'll try to get pic's soon.
  2. ThePamperedPullet

    ThePamperedPullet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Here is what a heavy molt looks like.


    Is there a roo with the hen? Worn feathers near the tail is usually a sign of an overworked hen.
  3. Billy7871

    Billy7871 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2009
    Molting is when the feather falls out of the quill (the part that holds the feather in the skin). It looks like a dog with mange. I have one molting now and she looks awful.
  4. stormylady

    stormylady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 27, 2008
    I don't know, but mine have lost alot of feathers on there backs down to the base of the tail, but mine is from the Roosters. I have too many and there hard on the girls.

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