Losing Feathers on Some?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by spies04, Sep 17, 2013.

  1. spies04

    spies04 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi! Wondering if anyone has seen the same things I am seeing in my flock. I have some chickens who are losing feathers but the rest of my flock appears to be fine. I have been treating for mites, etc. and have not found anything anywhere but still using dusts and sprays as a preventative. I have watched the group and do not see anyone picking on them to pull out the feathers. But lately I have had a few that are just losing them around their neck, and one in the center of the back. Any thoughts on what I could do next. They are still eating, chatting often and seem quite healthy except that they are slowing becoming naked. thanks!
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    How old are they? Chickens will have "mini-molts" the first year, and will have a full molt around 16-18 months of age, then every year thereafter. It is that time of year--many of mine are in the middle of it. If you pick up one of your birds losing feathers you may see many tiny new feathers coming in next to their skin.
     
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    spies04 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are actually my oldest chickens who are at least a three years old. My youngsters are actually looking really good right now.
     
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    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    X 3 on they are probably just in the middle of molting. Do you see any new feathers growing in on any of them? Most of my older ones are half pin feathers right now.
     
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    spies04 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes I do see some feathers but I have never seen them lose them with blocks of skin showing. Does molting get more "harsh" as they get older?
     
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    spies04 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! What is what they look like. Looks like we are having a hard molt this year.
     

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