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Molting.Hen.Poor thing is sad looking.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by bucky52, Jan 13, 2014.

  1. bucky52

    bucky52 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my hens has just starting to molt.Her whole behind is almost completely bald.I am pretty sure some of her flock mates have been pecking at her bald area.she has places on her that are very red and raw looking.i painted her bare area with blue Cote,in hopes that they will leave her alone until she starts to grow some feathers in.By putting blue Cote on her will that cause a problem with her growing her feathers back???.She is going through a hard molt.any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    THANKS.
     
  2. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

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    I had one in which the coop looked like a pillow fight one morning, I think she lost 75% of feathers in 2 days. She looked ghastly, and a bit crabby as she wompped on the Rooster that day.

    Unless you see blood, she is probably ok. Feed a little bit of raw meat, or cat food, high protien food. She looked like hell, but it was rather surprising how fast the new feathers grew in.

    Mrs K
     
  3. bucky52

    bucky52 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She is a late molter.the rest of her flock mates ,Started molting in October.I have them on Purina flock raiser.it has 20% protein.and I give them a cup of freeze dried meal worms daily.and boiled eggs once a week.


    Thank You.
    Its so good to share worry and concern.with other poultry raisers.
     
  4. SoCalChickie

    SoCalChickie Out Of The Brooder

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    I live in Southern California and the weather is been very warm and dry. One of my six hens started molting this week…feathers everywhere! But she seems fine and is eating up a storm (and still producing eggs) so I'm not too worried. I think it's funny that she's on a different cycle than her coop-mates!
     
  5. bucky52

    bucky52 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe its the bred.i have a mixed flock.she is a barred rock.
     

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