molting question

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kla37, Mar 13, 2011.

  1. kla37

    kla37 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I want to know if chickens lose their feathers in any kind of order when they are molting. A couple of my chickens are losing some feathers on their bums, and in general look raggedy. They are eating and drinking fine, and I checked them all over for mites and there are no signs of anyone being pecked at all. They are still laying too.
     
  2. redstars

    redstars Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you notice any feathers laying around the coop or area they are in?
    My girls also have bare butts. What I notice is when they bend to eat another one will come from behind and peck a feather out of that one.
    It's a bad habit I wish I could break them of.
     
  3. kla37

    kla37 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, there are some fluffy butt feathers lying around. I saw some of them eating them, but that was after they had fallen out and were laying on the ground.
     
  4. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Do you have a picture?

    Hens going through a mini molt can lose tail feathers, but generally molting looks like this:
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