To molt or not to molt?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Backyard Barb, Jun 28, 2011.

  1. Backyard Barb

    Backyard Barb Out Of The Brooder

    40
    0
    22
    Jun 1, 2011
    Brisbane
    My girls are all 3 years old. 5 of them I have never noticed molting (stealth molting?). The 6th never seems to finish. #6 Annabell has been very sickly and I currently have her separated from the others so she is no longer getting picked on (getting beat up might contribute the the appearance of never ending molting). When she preens she seems to pick and pull at her feathers rather than gently straighten them the like others. I have checked her for mites etc and dont see anything. Any suggestions? How long before I can expect her to look better?

    Barbara Ebel
    http://www.couturecostume.com
    http://www.greenknowe.org
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by