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Molting?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by chickenbh1999, Feb 28, 2015.

  1. chickenbh1999

    chickenbh1999 In the Brooder

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    I was wondering if my chickens are molting? If not then what's wrong with them? All of them seem to have these bare spots on them and some are even missing feathers on the end of their wing. Some keep pecking on each other so it is kinda hard for the feathers to grow back.... I want the feathers back ASAP because I'am planning on showing some in the summer
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  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! It could be a combination of things including molting, but that looks more like feather plucking or rooster damage (do you have a rooster?) There is a nice article in the Learning Center on Bully behavior in chickens and what you can do to help prevent feather plucking https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bullying-behavior-in-chickens Bored hens are really prone to starting this, and doing what you can to keep them entertained helps, removing the bully for a few days to knock them down in the pecking order sometimes works also. Pinless Peepers will usually put a stop to it if nothing else works. You might try spraying the bare skin of the plucked birds with something like Blu-Kote, that won't stop but it sometimes helps slow down the plucking. Do double check for parasites, lice/mites as they can make feathers look pretty ragged also.
     
  3. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    I agree with Kelsie. That is looking more like feather picking rather than molting. Make sure your birds have lots of protein. Chickens pluck out feathers and eat them because feathers are filled with protein. (In fact they are 85% protein!) So make sure they have lots of protein in their diet.
     
  4. N F C

    N F C you heard the cat, smile! Premium Member Project Manager

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    Great advice from @Kelsie2290 and Mountain Peeps. Hope it works out for you.

    Nice to have you join us!
     
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member 8 Years

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  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing 5 Years

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    To me, that looks like feather picking/damage, not molting. Have you seen any of the hens picking at each other?
     
  7. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing 5 Years

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    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined our "flock!"

    That looks like feather damage (from picking, etc.) to me, too.
     
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