Molting or another problem??...

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ChickieGirl1979, Dec 9, 2016.

  1. ChickieGirl1979

    ChickieGirl1979 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a Rhode Island Red Bantam hen named Reba. She is approximately 37 weeks old. She has been dropping feathers like crazy. I was worried about bullying but no one else is losing feathers. Is she molting or do I need to call my chicken vet?? There are pin feathers coming in where they are falling out with only a few bare places.
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    It sounds like a molt. Some birds her age will molt. I wouldn't worry unless you are seeing signs of picking like blood.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Sounds like a molt to me....the pin feathers tell the tale.
     
  4. ChickieGirl1979

    ChickieGirl1979 Out Of The Brooder

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    I was just concerned bc at this time of year when it's cold, I wouldn't think they would molt. There is no blood and I've kept and eye on her. I picked her up yesterday and festhersbwere just falling out.
     
  5. GingersHuman

    GingersHuman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep, probably molting.
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Yeah, they don't always do it when it's the best weather.
    I had a 9 month old molt in winter a couple years ago....and have a hen molting now.
    She'll be fine.
    Up her protein levels to help grow out those feathers faster.
     
  7. ChickieGirl1979

    ChickieGirl1979 Out Of The Brooder

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    ThNks for the advice! I went out and got some meal worms (her favorite!!) and some sunflower seeds
     

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