Molting or pecking?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by zaapoole, Dec 1, 2016.

  1. zaapoole

    zaapoole Out Of The Brooder

    May 30, 2016
    I have six chickens and one of them about 2 years and one of them has started losing a lot of feathers but the others have not even though three others are exactly the same breed as size. She is a lot smaller and it seems as if all her outer feathers have gone (darker than the other as well) but thee is a lot of pecking as well from the others
    Do you think this is just normal molting or pecking? I am a bit concerned as she is the only one losingfeatgees [​IMG]

  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs I Wanna Be A Cowboy Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    That is new feathers growing in. Feathers are covered in a sheath as they emerge from the skin, which than is preened off by the bird when it is done growing.
  3. Mahlzeit

    Mahlzeit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 16, 2007
    Long Island NY
    Agreed those are her new feathers growing in. Do however keep an eye that the other hens don't start to peck at them and pull them out. It can quickly become a bad habit of feather picking that is really hard to break.
  4. Grace11

    Grace11 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2011
    And also that no one pecks blood feathers! Just tonite i had to bring in a gal that other girls had pecked some blood feathers coming in on her tail. it looked a lot worse than it really was. Her whole tail is nearly nude xcept for the blood feathers coming in, ill prolly keep her in the nursery till those tail feathers come in quite bit more so we dont have the blood thirsty flock going in like the little tyranasaurs they are.

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