Is this moulting or something else?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by madisonboe, Jan 12, 2018 at 2:23 PM.

  1. madisonboe

    madisonboe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    CCE3A15E-D41A-4646-A372-F5E9C5778980.jpeg C86398AE-FDA3-4B7A-9CCC-62E39818478C.jpeg My Buff Orpington who is coming up on a year old (she’s around 10 months) has lost some feathers on the back of her neck, it looks like porcupine needles and she is normally very fluffy! She’s the only one who is looking like this. I don’t think any of my hens have gone through moulting yet so I’m not sure what it looks like. I am hoping it’s not something more serious!
    Here’s a picture of how her neck used to look- 094022C0-79D2-41A8-BE7C-1E5E62F4DCAF.jpeg
     
  2. Welshies

    Welshies Overrun With Chickens

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    Do you have a rooster? If so, she could be his favorite and she could be getting overbred, or she might be beginning to molt.
     
  3. madisonboe

    madisonboe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No rooster
     
  4. Welshies

    Welshies Overrun With Chickens

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    She is probably beginning to molt. However, observe the flock for signs of bullying.
     
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  5. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    That's molting.
     
  6. madisonboe

    madisonboe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She is one of my most dominant hens, she is typically the bully!
     
  7. Welshies

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    So then she's molting.
     
  8. feather13

    feather13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My beautiful QueenB Black Sex Link never molted before this year (she's four years old, so it's odd she never molted). There's no way any hen or rooster would ever mess with her (she even survived a Husky attack). Her molting looked like your Buff Orpington's--some of the feathers fell out around her neck and a bit on her back. They grew back fairly quickly, although she looked a little scruffy for a while
     
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  9. QuailExpert

    QuailExpert Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From what i can tell this is for sure molting! all birds go through this and it is nothing to worry about! the feathers should start to come through the "porcupine needle" looking shoots! if she is acting weird then something may be wrong but from the pictures she looks like a happy, healthy bird !
     
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