Molting Question

AntToeknee

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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,
 

aart

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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,
Welcome to BYC!
There are several reasons why a bird might be losing or picking feathers.
Try browsing thru these searches:
https://www.backyardchickens.com/search/125762/?q=losing+feathers&o=date&c[title_only]=1

https://www.backyardchickens.com/search/125781/?q=Picking+feathers&o=date&c[title_only]=1
 

centrarchid

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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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