Loosing feathers

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by gutshall, Oct 3, 2009.

  1. gutshall

    gutshall In the Brooder

    Nov 1, 2008
    About half my girls managed to survive a preditor attack early this summer. They lost some feathers on their back and butt, and it took a few days to a week for them to relax and get back to a more normal behavior. The days were getting rather hot and they were approaching 1 yr old so I didn't think much of some of them not growing all their feathers back, after all they now had built in AC. Now that the weather is turning cool they are starting to produce replacement pin feathers. Great.

    One problem, they seem to be loosing some of their old feathers especially around the wing tips. They are 12.5 months old now. I have looked for mites in the coop and haven't found anything. Any suggestions??? Is this normal???
  2. nnbreeder

    nnbreeder Songster

    Jun 22, 2008
    Right now my chicken yard looks like it is carpeted with feathers. It's time for molting. Chances are that is what is happening with yours. The bird will get a very dull look to them and then you will notice tails and wing feathers missing plus an awful lot of feathers around the coop. Slowly they will grow in beautiful new feathers, just in time to be protected for winter.
  3. NoseyChickens

    NoseyChickens Feathers On The Ground

    Aug 3, 2009
    Southern California
    Same here. The ladies are moulting. Looks like a pillow fight went down in the coop every morning.

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