Molting or feather picking?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by andythescot, Jan 18, 2011.

  1. andythescot

    andythescot Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 29, 2009
    Central Mass
    I have this one RIR who is pretty close to the bottom of the pecking order. A few days ago I noticed that she had a lot of pin feathers, or feather spines I guess you'd say, around her face and in patches on her neck. I tried to catch her to get a closer look... but I accidentally grabbed the tail and pulled a bunch of tail feathers out. The feathers I pulled out of her came out VERY easily.
    None of the other chickens have this happening to them.
    Could she be deficient in some mineral? I haven't been offering them as many oyster shells as I should.. Could the lack of calcium be the problem?
    Its also been very cold and snowy around here.. could that be it?

    I will post pictures later.

    Thank you!
  2. Robo

    Robo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2010
    Sounds like a molt to me.

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