Molting question

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Auntie Moose, May 17, 2017.

  1. Auntie Moose

    Auntie Moose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is there a particular place on their body that hens will begin to molt? Mine has a shiny hiney (by her vent), but nowhere else. I only noticed it because I was cleaning her dirty rear end. Would that be an unusual place to start molting, or is someone pecking her? TIA!
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    Feathers missing on the bottom is usually from picking or over mating, not molting.
     
  3. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

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    Can you post a pic so we can better understand what you mean? :)
    Sometimes if they have a real messy vent, and get poo stuck to the feathers they (the feathers) will fall off.
     
  4. Auntie Moose

    Auntie Moose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, there is no roo, so I guess we have an answer!
     
  5. Auntie Moose

    Auntie Moose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'll see if I can get a picture, but it looks exactly like bare chicken skin, like plucked chicken you get in a store. It's a small, narrow strip of missing feathers. Perhaps she was trying to clean herself and pulled too hard?
     
  6. Auntie Moose

    Auntie Moose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No blood or damage to the skin.
     

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