Molting Question

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by AntToeknee, May 31, 2017.

  1. AntToeknee

    AntToeknee New Egg

    May 31, 2017
    My one red hen is molting, what causes it? Is it stress? I've noticed since I cleaned all the old winter straw and stuff out of there coop my 2 black lace hens have been picking on my one red hen and she waits till later in the afternoon to lay her egg ('s). They were all raised together so I don't what to do,
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC!
    There are several reasons why a bird might be losing or picking feathers.
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  3. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    This time of year I would suspect stress stemming from sustained egg production, heat, social issues and likely a diet that is a little lean on the protein side. With some chickens that are closer to the wild-type in terms of feather replacement pattern you can also expect to see sequential replacement of flight feathers on the wings. Your description more consistent with stress.

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