Molting with no bald spots?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by hanekins, Jan 27, 2017.

  1. hanekins

    hanekins Out Of The Brooder

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    I am very confused as to what is going on with my chicken.

    I noticed a few weeks ago that her rear end was bald. The feathers grew back in, and all was good.

    Now there are feathers everywhere- all different types. However, she still doesn't have any noticeable bald spots?
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Many birds molt without being bald, which is called a hard molt. Many will slowly molt out, there has been some unusual molting this year.
     
  3. hanekins

    hanekins Out Of The Brooder

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    That makes me feel better! Thank you!

    It has been extremely strange here, weather-wise. Seventy degrees one week, and forty the next.
     
  4. Rozzychick

    Rozzychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I noticed 2 hens with small bald spots on the side of their necks. 1 year old. Could this be a molt starting, or another chicken picking?
     
  5. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Some chickens go through a neck molt in spring, so if you see new pin feathers growing in soon I would suspect a small molt. It is also possible other birds are feather picking. Quietly observe the flock and you might see it happening if it is what is going on.
     

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