What is happening to her?

andreanar

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This is my buff brahma, Pidgey. She's around 1.5 yrs old. My flock was attacked by a possum and 2 of the flock killed, this happened about 3 mths ago or so. Ever since then, her color has been fading. I have no idea whether the attack had anything to do with it, besides the timing. Since the attack, her behavior changed also. She used to be a brat, not friendly and pecky and bossy with the other hens. She's great now. What could be happening to her feathers?
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CCUK

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This is my buff brahma, Pidgey. She's around 1.5 yrs old. My flock was attacked by a possum and 2 of the flock killed, this happened about 3 mths ago or so. Ever since then, her color has been fading. I have no idea whether the attack had anything to do with it, besides the timing. Since the attack, her behavior changed also. She used to be a brat, not friendly and pecky and bossy with the other hens. She's great now. What could be happening to her feathers?
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Yes her feathers are weathered now. It's quite noticeable like that but I wouldn't worry. When she moult she'll go back to her normal colour! She looks lovely! I suppose to find good in bad I think that after the possum attack she may now appreciate you more. I'm sorry about your other two hens.
 

oldhenlikesdogs

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All feathers fade and get ratty. The molt refreshes them and the color returns. Make sure to feed a higher protein ration this time of year to help them grow in those feathers. In general good layers molt harder and quick. Poor layers take their time molting.
 

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