Molting in January??

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by tnmommy, Jan 19, 2014.

  1. tnmommy

    tnmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It began with my rooster, he has lost some feathers in a patch on his back. One hen is also losing feathers on her back. If it were just the hen, I would suspect the roo causing feather loss, but he has the same feather loss. Are they molting, or does this sound like pecking?

    They have access to layer feed, scratch grain, and safe table scraps. Everyone appears healthy except tip frostbite on the combs of all but one of the hens. We are not accustomed to several nights in the single digits here in the south. I had a heat lamp in with them and ventilation out of the top of the coop. If necessary, I can bring them into the garage as the next round of very low temperatures arrives.
     
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    This is molting season. Are there lots of pin feathers on the birds, especially around the neck and head? Usually they start molting from the head down. Pull or blow the feathers away and look for new feather growth. If it JUST one area with bare feathers, it is possible that it is aggression.
     
  3. tnmommy

    tnmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'll check in the morning. It started in one spot on the rooster on his lower back. And the hen's looks very much like the rooster is pulling them out mounting her.
     
  4. tnmommy

    tnmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I spent quite a while with the flock this morning. The hen is getting "hen pecked" by her sisters and also appears to be the rooster's favorite. She's not bleeding. Ordered hen saddles this morning after I saw that.
     
  5. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    I don't understand these birds . Mine have mostly gotten past their molt this past week or so, except one of mine has just started. Don't they know it's cold?
     

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