1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Molting or?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by artsyrobin, Nov 18, 2010.

  1. artsyrobin

    artsyrobin Artful Wings

    9,759
    290
    376
    Mar 1, 2009
    Muskogee OK
    My head hen, Donna, RIR is dropping feathers at the barest touch- gave her a bath to see if i could see mites.... nope-

    any ideas?

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    6,771
    128
    281
    Apr 15, 2009
  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    23,342
    1,204
    448
    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    It's the time of the year for molt, it's normal.
     
  4. artsyrobin

    artsyrobin Artful Wings

    9,759
    290
    376
    Mar 1, 2009
    Muskogee OK
    thanks! yes she is not happy in that picture! she didn't appreciate the bath- and will be reunited with the flock in the morning- didn't want her to catch a chill- i have non-chicken birds and they molt gradually- this is the first one i have ever seen drop feathers in such massive amounts!
     
  5. FrizzlesRule

    FrizzlesRule Chillin' With My Peeps

    440
    8
    111
    Dec 22, 2009
    Definitely moulting. When my Belgian D'Uccles moult, I usually have a handful of feathers after I pick them up. They come out in bunches.
     
  6. the209jungalist

    the209jungalist Out Of The Brooder

    21
    1
    25
    Jun 27, 2010
    Stockton
    My rooster Blanco is molting right now too, he is about a month late compared to my other chickens. Blanco looks tore up right now!
     
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2010
  7. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    3,873
    14
    191
    Sep 9, 2009
    Olympia, WA
    Yep! My coop looks like the site of a pillow fight gone horribly wrong and a few of the girls look positively pre-plucked. I just love how these silly chickens lose all their "clothes" just before winter. [​IMG]
     
  8. Highlander

    Highlander Tartan Terror

    3,079
    19
    218
    Oct 1, 2008
    Prague
    Are you sure Donna is not Donald?
     
  9. tammyd57

    tammyd57 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:[​IMG] I was thinking the same thing!

    One of my hens is going through a really bad molt too. She looks like she went through a garbage disposal! [​IMG] But her sister is looking lovelier than ever!
     
  10. spikennipper

    spikennipper Chillin' With My Peeps

    893
    21
    141
    Jul 25, 2009
    Kent, UK.
    Quote:Me too! looks like a roo to me! pretty sure he is molting though.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by