Losing Feathers

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by gauthierpeeps, Sep 23, 2008.

  1. gauthierpeeps

    gauthierpeeps In the Brooder

    Jun 10, 2007
    Draneville, Georgia
    I am trying to figure out why one of my EE's is losing her neck feathers. I don't have any Roos in with my hens, so it has me wondering why. Anyone have any suggestions as to why this is happening?

    Lucy (Black Sex-Link), Piper and Pepper (RIR's), Penelope Pistop, Polly Polka Dot (EE's), 6 Japanese bantams, and 3 Old English Bantams.

  2. my first peepers

    my first peepers Songster

    Jul 9, 2008
    South Western VT
    Molting would be my first thought...if it's not that someone more knowledgable might answer.
  3. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap

    I too would say molting. Look around and see if your coop looks like a pillow exploded.
  4. skyfires

    skyfires Trying to hide

    Jul 19, 2008
    The Ozarks of Arkansas
    Yep,,,,my chickens are finishing a molt right now,,, I've spent a lot of time picking up feathers all over,,,, tail feathers,,,breast feathers,,,down feathers,,,all colors and shapes,,,,, in the runs,,,in the houses,,,,feathers,,,,,,, [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  5. Gloria

    Gloria Songster

    Mine are just starting to get their feathers back after a molt. Man did they ever look bad! Kind of scared me a little at first, then I realized that's what was going on. My first clue was when they both stopped giving me any eggs. [​IMG]
  6. gauthierpeeps

    gauthierpeeps In the Brooder

    Jun 10, 2007
    Draneville, Georgia

    I am Gloria also and thanks for the response. My one EE really looks bad, but the thing is she is my most reliable layer. The RIR's are slacking off and the EE's are constant layers. But they are looking mighty rough.

    Thanks to all of you that responded!!


    1 DH, 2 RIR, 1 Black Sex-Lin, 2 EE, 6 Japenese Bantams, 3 Old English, , 2 Labs, 2 Doxies and 2 grown children....WHEW! [​IMG]

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