Think shes molting or being picked on or did something snatch her?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by ThePRfan, Sep 27, 2014.

  1. ThePRfan

    ThePRfan Songster

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    I think shes molting,but I honestly have no idea.Feathers randomally fall from her.So any clues?She's very sensetive when I pick her up, and shes running?Im getting conserned.Most of the hens are molting.
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    [​IMG] Sounds as if she is molting.
     
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

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    I agree with Sourland, molting , it takes a lot out of them, you can help them recover sooner by upping the protein level of their feed.
     
  4. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

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    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. I agree with the other members. It does sound like she's moulting. X2 on the extra protein. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your moulting hens.
     
  5. ThePRfan

    ThePRfan Songster

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    thanks for making feel welcomed
     
  6. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

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    You're welcome.
     
  7. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  8. ThePRfan

    ThePRfan Songster

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    Thanks guys
     
  9. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Yup, that is molting.

    Give her foods with lots of protein such as peas, mealworms, oatmeal, eggs, meat scraps, quinoa, etc. Chickens need extra protein while molting since they are losing their main source of it. Feathers, amazingly, take up 85% protein!
     
  10. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Absolutely molting. They can get very shy and nervous to be picked up. All those pin feathers can hurt when you pick them up so be careful not to break any of them if you have to pick her up. As stated above, feed treats with high protein to help get through the molt.

    Good luck and welcome to our flock!
     

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