Molting or getting beaten up?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by honeybunny, Sep 29, 2012.

  1. honeybunny

    honeybunny Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 31, 2012
    One of my Silver laced Wyandotte hens has went "downhill" ever since she got broody for the first time in early June this year. She's out of it now, but is a completely different hen than she used to be!


    This is her, "Pirate"(I nicknamed her that because she used to sit on my shoulder like a pirate's parrot :p), before she was broody. (Sorry for the blurriness).

    Now she is raggedy, skinny, and nervous acting. If I try and pick her up, I have to herd her around until I can grab her, and once I do, she flaps her wings and is "bawking" like something's about to eat her.

    Since we got her and the other chicks, now chickens, in spring 2011, I suppose it's around molting time for them. My other hens are loosing feathers here and there, but not close to her condition. She is the smallest chicken I have now. She has a patch of neck feathers that aren't completely gone - instead, they're off at the base, and you can see the little nubs that are holding onto the skin.

    Is this molting, being picked on, or both?
  2. thebanthams

    thebanthams Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 12, 2010
    Safford, Arizona
    if they are picked on you will see broken feathers. sometimes blood.
  3. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 15, 2011
    SE Pa.
    When they molt the feathers coming in make them sensitive to touch. That may be why you are having trouble picking her up.

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