molting in fall & no egg laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by pointyp, Oct 27, 2009.

  1. pointyp

    pointyp Out Of The Brooder

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    Apr 1, 2008
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    Hello,

    I have 2 hens around 2 years old. They were laying really steady up until 2 weeks ago (the weather got cold/rainy in Seattle). In addition to that my barred rock started dropping feather like crazy & has large "bald" spots...only one tail feather left! There are new ones slowly emerging & I noticed a dandruff problem as well. My second bird is just starting to show signs of molting, but not as severe. I understand while molting they may not lay, but the rate her feathers are dropping out is alarming! Is this normal or could there be health issues?

    We just got a new coop last month that is 100% better than the rabbit hutch they had before. It's a lot bigger, dryer & fairly draft-free. Could a new environment be the problem?
    Thank you for any advice!

    Also a special thanks to all who helped me before with the pro-lapse treatment this spring...it worked like a charm!

    -Pamela

    *mother of a barred rock, gold-laced wyandotte, basic black house cat & a water dragon.
     
  2. ging3rhoffman

    ging3rhoffman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2009
    My girls are molting also. Some look like they went through a chicken plucker and others just a few feathers are missing. Out of 23 girls I am now only getting about 5 or 6 eggs a day.
     

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