losing feathers

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Ole rooster, Nov 5, 2012.

  1. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2011
    Milner, Georgia
    I've had most all my hens lose feathers and the majority of the time it seemed to be in the winter time. But my green egg layer is losing hers in a way I've not seen. It's not just her down type feathers. It's all of um. Much more and she will be completely plucked. She would be ready for cooking short of gutting her. I've checker her and looked close at her feathers and don't see any mites so I'm wondering do some chickens go to this extreme? I've had her almost 2 years and this is the first time for this. She acts a little listless and really layed back in her movements. Not really peppy. I've got a bald head now I got a bald chicken.

    Any ideas?
  2. Pullet Surprise

    Pullet Surprise Chillin' With My Peeps

  3. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Have you ever checked out Kung Fu Henny?


    You'd be surprise with how extreme a molt can be :oops:
  4. NosiphoChooks

    NosiphoChooks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 2, 2012
    That chicken looks hilarious! [​IMG]
  5. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    She better win that molting contest! :gig
  6. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2011
    Milner, Georgia
    That chicken should be ashamed running around naked like that. Mine ain't quite that drastic. Some lady on here makes sweaters for her chickens. That one could use one. [​IMG]

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Sep 27, 2012
    Your chick Probably is just having bad molt, I think!
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2012
  8. kacklinkelly

    kacklinkelly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 12, 2012
    Southwest Desert
    Our chicks are about 3 months old. They live in a large tractor set up. We move it about once every 2 weeks and I clean out the top at the same time.
    Lately, I am noticing an increasing amount of feathers in the upper coop and lower run. They appear to be mostly fuzzy feathers (can you tell I'm new at
    this?) There's only a handful of regular type feathers. Whenever we move the tractor, I rake up the debris otherwise my yard would look like one of the chicks
    was attacked in it.

    I have heard recently that oats can induce molting. My chicks have been getting dry oats as a treat several times a week for probably 2 months.
    Do they typically lose and replace feathers at this age? They look and act otherwise healthy. No major bald spots on any of them. Haven't been
    too worried about it till I read about the oats inducing molting. Your feedback is appreciated.

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