Is this pecking, molting, or something else?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by One Acre Wonder Farm, Apr 11, 2009.

  1. One Acre Wonder Farm

    One Acre Wonder Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 20, 2009
    Last Sunday I got 5 RIR pullets, approx 6 mos old. They were overcrowded in their former home and on a diet of layer pellets. I noticed that one of the girls is missing feathers on her throat. One of the other girls is missing some around her ears (I assumed that was from a roo?) and the others look fine.

    I have no idea if this feather loss is due to pecking, molting or something else? Thoughts?


  2. illinichick

    illinichick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2008
    SE Il
    I would say it's pecking. Especially if the backs of their heads are missing feathers. My roo keeps my hens backs and heads pretty bald. I've had to use "saddles" for their backs. Moulting usually happens in the fall.

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