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Molting or...?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ChickieTeacher, May 14, 2016.

  1. ChickieTeacher

    ChickieTeacher Out Of The Brooder

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    This is my girl Gerta. She's about a year and a half now (my kindergarten class hatched her from an egg). She's just started losing feathers around the back of her head. I have four chickens, another hen the same age as her that she was raised with and then two 16 week old girls. Is she beginning to molt or is someone/something pulling the feathers out of the back of her head?

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  2. BoomChickaPop

    BoomChickaPop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She is beautiful blue cochin hen

    She is loosing the feathers on her head from other chickens. And this is not the time for her to start molting


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  3. ChickieTeacher

    ChickieTeacher Out Of The Brooder

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    I was thinking the same thing. Today I grabbed her up and inspected the area where she is missing feathers and there are a few new feathers popping up. I haven't seen any squabbles and I've been really listening... She's also stopped laying. :/
     
  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    I have a few girls that are bald on the back of their heads because they take FOREVER to lay, and the other hens get impatient with them. Chicken drama...
     

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