Losing feathers fast

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by AnnieJ, Sep 11, 2010.

  1. AnnieJ

    AnnieJ Out Of The Brooder

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    A couple of days ago I came home to find that the RIR hen I adopted from my sister had lost a lot of feathers that were all over the run. I first thought that some of the other hens were responsible as she is the "newbie" and the pecking order was still being established, although there were no wounds visible. So I separated her from the rest of the flock again thinking this would take care of the problem. But it hasn't and she is going bald! If anyone has any ideas on what could be causing this I would appreciate it. She was beautiful and healthy when she came about a month ago. I kept her separated for a week and the first two weeks went okay with the hens together. Thank you!
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    How old is she? Sure sounds like molting.
     
  3. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    moulting will do that-my RIR went through it for months now shes gorgeous!!!
     
  4. AnnieJ

    AnnieJ Out Of The Brooder

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    She is definitely old enough to molt, about 2-1/2 yrs. But this is not the time of year that any of the others have ever molted (is the spelling molt or moult?). I would be happy if that is it. I guess I should just wait and see then? Thanks for such speedy replies!
     
  5. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Mine are molting (moulting?) now. Well, several are

    The spellcheck likes molting but I always thought it was moulting, too.
     
  6. cparian

    cparian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine all moult at different times. Some have already finished, some are in the midst of moulting, & others are just starting. I have some you can hardly tell they are moulting & others that do what you described, drop all their feathers at once.
     
  7. freerangechicktoo

    freerangechicktoo New Egg

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    Hi, my RIReds have all molted this year at 2 years old (for first time) and I read somewhere that if there's stress or a change of scenery (move to a new home!?) that it will/could force them into a molt. Just a thought! Make sure she has plenty of good feed and fresh water to make sure she has the energy to grow new feathers by the time it's really cold...
     
  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Sounds like she is in a full molt.
     

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