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Molting "Symptoms"

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jhilburn, Apr 14, 2016.

  1. jhilburn

    jhilburn New Egg

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    Hello everyone,

    I am fairly new to chickens and before I got mine I found this amazing website with tons of help. Thank you BYC and BYC Users! My chickens have been doing great. I have four Red Star chickens. I usually get 3 eggs a day. I've had them for about a month now and one of my hens has started acting different then normal. She is messing with her feather and losing them. I am traveling for work now and my wife said when she got home today that one hen was standing by herself when she entered the pen, they normally all come running, she was also standing still and closing her eyes. Before this she was "grooming" messing with her feathers. They have practically unlimited food and water, as well as scratch and the occasional crushed up egg shells. Please help! I hate to lose one of my girls. I've heard of molting and I know they lose feathers and stop producing but are there other symptoms.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    Chickens do spend some time each day preening their feathers. Have you checked for lice and mites? You should always provide a separate bowl with oyster shells for extra calcium. I would try to observe them more to see if you notice any other behaviors. They will normally molt in the fall, but if stressed enough will have a partial molt, and some do go through a neck molt in the spring. Chickens standing with their eyes closed can mean they don't feel well, so I would check her over to see if you notice anything else.
     
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  3. jhilburn

    jhilburn New Egg

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    Thank you! She's doing better. Just molting I guess.
     

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