Could be both or the breed ...Three of my hens are loosing feathers just on their wings. I'm not sure if they are molting or if it could be from an agressive rooster.Any ideas?
If you think it is the rooster then remove him from the girls ... I free range mine (roos) and they never get to far from the hens. They roost under our sheep shed which is a little ways from the run.I posted pics, but haven't heard any suggestions. I really do think it is the rooster. When I took the pictures, I noticed it is their neck also. The feathers are being stripped not falling out. The quill is still there.
Yep, a very beautiful buckeye. I have 14 hens, so he has plenty of girlfriends. I may have used the wrong term, I think I made a saddle. Goes on her back? She sure is staying away from the rest of the flock. Do you think she is molting?Energyvet said:May need a saddle, not an apron. Got a Roo, do you?
I just brought her in for the night. She was shivering this am. Could she be molting at 9 months old? I'll take her out every day so she will still be a member of the flock, but I want to make sure she is getting enough to eat and is warm enough. What do you guys think? Of course, she is my favorite...Susan B (Anthony).borion said:I think she is well. You may be right, seems she is trying to avoid the roo. I think her feathers are poking thru!
I'm fairly certain she does not have mites, but I will look again around her vent in the morning. She is losing feathers like crazy, but just the little ones. Still, that's her insulation.fuzziebutt said:Ms Anthony may also have mites. They would cause weight loss also. Look carefully around the vent and under the wings for mites. If you don't see any, keep her away from the rooster for awhile. She is too young for a molt. Usually, a Spring chicken won't molt, so she may be a favorite of his, and getting most of his attention.
No mites. She seemed to do well with the rest of the flock today, but she is so light weight. She is losing feathers on her wings, chest, back are already gone. I named her after a very intelligent woman. Perhaps she is just gifted and is molting early and I am over reacting? Here are some pictures.borion said:I'm fairly certain she does not have mites, but I will look again around her vent in the morning. She is losing feathers like crazy, but just the little ones. Still, that's her insulation.