Shedding

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by katie92803, Nov 12, 2016.

  1. katie92803

    katie92803 Hatching

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    On of my 8 month old hens is loosing lots of feathers. She is an auracauna. What is happening? I am a little worried about her.
     

  2. TwinsLoveChicks

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    She may just be molting. If so than you shouldn't be worried. Are any new feathers growing back in that you can see? Is she acting sick or hurt in any other way? By the way,
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    Last edited: Nov 14, 2016
  3. drumstick diva

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

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    Is she growing pin feathers in the balded areas?
     
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

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    Greetings from Kansas, Katie, and [​IMG]! Great to have you in our community! I concur with TwinsLoveChicks - sounds like it could be a molt. Is she your only chicken? Are others in the flock likewise losing feathers? Here's a link to an article about molting. See if it sounds similar to what you are seeing with your bird. https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/what-happens-when-chickens-molt
    Best wishes and thanks for joining BYC!! [​IMG]
     

  5. MasterOfClucker

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    I might be hallucinating but a 8 month old is not a full grown hen its a pullet.If its a pullet check for mites and lice.I'm pretty sure a chicken over 12 months old will molt anything below that wont.
     
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  6. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Crowing

    Hello, and welcome to BYC!
     
  7. N F C

    N F C keep on swinging! Premium Member Project Manager

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    Redsoxs has given you a good link to check out so I'll just say hello, it's nice to have you here!
     

  8. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

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    Welcome to Backyard Chickens! I am so glad you joined us and I hope you make yourself at home here!
     
  9. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.

    It could be a molt, which although quite unusual in an 8 month old (generally occurs at 1 or 1.5 years) can happen. Otherwise, you might be looking at feather picking or a similar issue. Is she developing pin feathers?
     

  10. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     

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