missing feathers - bullying?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Nuggetirl, Oct 15, 2014.

  1. Nuggetirl

    Nuggetirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I noticed that my silkie's feathers were looking different on her back, but I checked and they just seemed a little sparse. Today she has a big bald patch.

    I have three bantam hens. They live indoors, but I try to let them out every day. I have never seen any bullying other than when I integrated the newest one in the coop. Since then everything has been quiet and I haven't seen ANY bullying. the silkie doesn't act like she's nervous, and I never hear any one squawking excessively.

    Is this bullying? What do I do? How do you know who's doing the bullying (though, I could take a guess) if I never actually see anyone bullying?
     
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  2. chicken11602

    chicken11602 Out Of The Brooder

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    She is probably molting.
     
  3. Nuggetirl

    Nuggetirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I should also mention she's 5ish months old.
     
  4. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    To me it looks like the feathers have been pulled out. If she was molting, which she's young for, you should see the pin feathers growing in rather then empty holes where the feathers were.
     

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