Why are my year-olds so ratty?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by sevenbabychicks, Aug 24, 2011.

  1. sevenbabychicks

    sevenbabychicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A few months ago, my birds were beautiful - but lately their feathers have lost some of their sheen and seem out of place all the time. Compared to my 6 month-old pullets, the older birds look way older then a year. Is this natural? They're healthy and happy otherwise, and laying well. They went through a molt about a month or two ago, so I don't think it's that...

    Advice? Insights? Thanks!
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Hmm the first thing I would have guessed is molting, because they usually skip the first fall and have their first full molt in the second fall.

    Could your older ones have maybe a mite or lice problem?
     

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