My First Molt ! dots of blood ?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by pullorroo, Oct 6, 2009.

  1. pullorroo

    pullorroo Out Of The Brooder

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    Betty looks like she going to walk into the oven for dinner! So funny looking....

    Is it normal for there to be tiny dots of blood where the new pin feathers are emerging?
     
  2. pullorroo

    pullorroo Out Of The Brooder

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    ....and won't she be cold tonight ?
     
  3. chicklin

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    how cold does it get where you live?
     
  4. pullorroo

    pullorroo Out Of The Brooder

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    Not cold... it'll be in the 40's in the morning... but if I were naked....I'd be cold

    any thoughts on the pin drops of blood ?
     
  5. chicklin

    chicklin Out Of The Brooder

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    maybe you can see pindrops of blood because that is where the feathers have probly fallen out and perhaps you are seeing the very base of where the feathers had each been before they fell out(sorry if my wording is confusing)
     
  6. ella

    ella Chillin' With My Peeps

    Brand new feathers can be tempting as a treat, some chickens learn to snap them off and eat them. Typically when I see dots of blood on the ends of new feathers that's what's happening.

    If it is picking you could try increasing their space, adding gamebird feed to your layer, and eliminating any white lights in the coop, if you have any.

    A heat light works great for emergency heating, if she needs it she'll use it, but 40's aren't too cold if you have a good shelter out of the wind.
     
  7. pullorroo

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    Thanks for the input ... my spoiled California chickens are getting the heat lamp tonight... the fog is thick, cold and damp!
     
  8. omelette'smom

    omelette'smom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Wow! I didn't know that! Learn something new everyday at BYC
    It explains a few things:D
     

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