Moulting? Or something else?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by csummer8882, Nov 25, 2011.

  1. csummer8882

    csummer8882 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 6 hens, all 7 months old, all are laying. I noticed yesterday, one is missing feathers on her neck and all you can see is the quill looking things. Her comb is a bit pale and her tail isn't as high as normal. She is eating and drinking normally, clucking away. Is she too young to moult? Any other ideas? Thanks!
     
  2. Chick1043

    Chick1043 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    Chickens constantly lose and regrow feathers. Your bird is likely just going through a mini-molt. She is trading in her juvenile feathers for her adult plumage. You can check her for bugs if you feel it is necessary, but a molt is not out of the realm of possibility given her age.

    Good luck.
     
  4. csummer8882

    csummer8882 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! I actually checked her today and didn't see anything. Her tail was a bit higher today and she was loving treats so I guess I will just watch and see. Thank you! [​IMG]
     
  5. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    I have a few 9 month olds molting right now, so not too young. Here's a hard molt of a 3 year old hen:
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  6. TechnoCat

    TechnoCat Overrun With Chickens

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  7. Chicken_Pauper

    Chicken_Pauper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Whoa... haven't seen that yet. Amazing.

    I have noticed that mine that are molting now, they are really cranky, acting uncomfortable and like they have PMS!
     

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