Loosing feathers

rbum

Songster
6 Years
Jul 27, 2014
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Louisiana
My Rhode Island is loosing feathers. I didn't see anything crawling on her. My wife picked her up and feathers came off in her hands. Any suggestions?
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Lady of McCamley

Free Ranging
10 Years
Mar 19, 2011
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If there are no little bugs running around, which can also cause feather loss, she looks like she is molting to me as well.

The only other possible option, if that is her breast (hard to tell in photo), she might be plucking her breast in contemplation of brooding. Has she been hanging in the nest box a lot? Cranky? Puffing up when others come near her? My broody hens will pluck the feathers off their breast when they begin to brood. often leaving loose feathers. RIR's are not commonly a broody type breed, but it can happen even in commercial production lines.

But chances are she is simply molting.
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rbum

Songster
6 Years
Jul 27, 2014
121
4
111
Louisiana
Thank you. And yes she has been cranky also she was broody over a year ago and I broke her from that plus her sibling was killed by a dog soon after that.
 

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