Molting Question

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

  1. AntToeknee

    AntToeknee New Egg

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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,
     
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    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
     
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  3. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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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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