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Molting question from Hazeldazel

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Hazeldazel, Oct 1, 2009.

  1. Hazeldazel

    Hazeldazel Out Of The Brooder

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    I noticed a bare patch at the center of the back of one of my Buff Orpington hens, near the tail. I've not noticed any aggression, or stressed behavior. Could this be molting?
     
  2. RendonRoo

    RendonRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hope so, i'm seeing the same in a couple of my hens. Will be watching for educated answers.
     
  3. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

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    This is the time of year they moult. Most chickens do it gradually and it's not too noticeable except for a coop full of loose feathers.

    But some look like trainwrecks. Huge patches come out at once and they look ridiculous for a while. I have a girl now that has ZERO tail feathers.

    I suspect that's what's going on, but keep an eye on that spot to make sure there are not pests at work.
     
  4. 3cutechicks

    3cutechicks Out Of The Brooder

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    I was wondering the same thing. My 15 month old Cinderella is and the 3 month olds are only a little. She looks horrid! Do they molt more when they are older?
     
  5. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

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    Sometimes the nekkid patch at the base of the tail is from an overly enthusiastic rooster. Do your girls have a rooster in with them? An apron (a fabric coat of sorts) will help keep the rooster from breaking off their feathers.

    Mine are all molting also and look pretty pitiful. I'm ready for everyone to grow in and be done with it!
     
  6. 3cutechicks

    3cutechicks Out Of The Brooder

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    I have no rooster. She is naked on her neck, has been for a while and now whole feathers are just falling out as she walks from everywhere. Is that how they molt? I didn't see it last year. must be the age?
     
  7. gallusdomesticus

    gallusdomesticus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chickens will generally molt starting around the neck and progressing to the back although its not a linear progression. If she is only losing feathers at the tail, I agree it could be a rooster or another hen pecking at her. First molts usually happen around 12-15 months and while she's molting, she won't be laying. If she's still laying eggs, I would suspect someone is picking on her.
     
  8. 3cutechicks

    3cutechicks Out Of The Brooder

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    oh good. no eggs for about a week. The other chickens are afraid of her.
     
  9. gallusdomesticus

    gallusdomesticus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is there any redness on her skin that might indicate the feathers were plucked versus just falling out due to a molt? If not, it sounds like a molt, especially with the missing feathers around her neck....however, she should stop laying..if not now, then very soon.
     

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