molting?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Gammond, May 30, 2017.

  1. Gammond

    Gammond Songster

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    About half my flock has a 3x3" patch of missing feathers on their backs - no where else. Egg laying is still really good. Could this be moulting? I have 1 rooster and 18 hens in a 8 x12 coop with a 200 sq ft run
     
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  2. Lucyluvchickens

    Lucyluvchickens Chirping

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    That sounds like mating. Looks painful right,lol? :hmm
     
  3. Gammond

    Gammond Songster

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    You meant to say mating and not moulting right? I recently got rid of a rooster because he was too hard on the other guy. Maybe things will settle down now.
     
  4. Abriana

    Abriana Spicy Sugar Cookie

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    I agree, my hens have about quarter size bare patches on their backs from my rooster. He's not mean, it's just that he has sharp claws. And they are still suffering from the effects of a mean little cockeral who would chase them down and jump on their backs-one of my hen's back feathers are shredded
     
  5. Lucyluvchickens

    Lucyluvchickens Chirping

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    Yeah, hopefully
     
  6. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Got my Puppy

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    Does sound like mating wear. They may or may not grow the feathers back in before the fall molt now that the rooster is gone.
     
  7. meetthebubus

    meetthebubus Crowing

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    All my girls backs are bald it's horrible spring is a busy time for a roo lol

    Thankfully he's molting now so his mating has slowed down a bit

    That's probably mating baldness some say put saddles on them, my girls won't keep them on they're deathly afraid of the saddles so they remain bald for now :hit
     
  8. tav1

    tav1 Songster

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    no molting.....all sex
     
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  9. Gammond

    Gammond Songster

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    haha ok thank you for the confirmation ;)
     

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