Losing Feathers

VerdaMaeFarms

Hatching
8 Years
May 16, 2011
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Euless, TX
Hi there... Just wanted to ask some fols with more knowledge and experience about feather loss. I have an Australorp that is missing some feathers on her chest. I have no roosters (fingers crossed...the girls are only 2.5 months old) but I did notice one of the other chicks pecking at Mae (the Autsralorp). Any insight or assistance is greatly appreciated!

I should also mention that I live in Texas and we have having a rather insanely hot and unbearable summer.

Thanks!
Traci
 

LarryPQ

Easter Hatch!!
10 Years
Jul 17, 2009
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She may be molting or going broody. Broody hens regularly pull out all their chest feathers to keep closer contact with the eggs.

ALSO- you may want to go out tonight with a flashlight and check everyone very closely for mites and lice. 'Tis the season.
 

Ridgerunner

Free Ranging
11 Years
Feb 2, 2009
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Yes, always check for mites or lice, but she may be having a juvenile molt. Chicks will molt twice before they become adults. They just outgrow their feathers and have to replace them.
 
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