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 Post subject: Moulting Times
PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 10:20 am 
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Hello everyone, just recently my bantam Cara-Mel got broody we fixed that with keeping her off the nests but she has taken to pulling out all her feathers she looks terrible I am hoping that it is just her starting her moult, is it moulting season already? My other two ISA Browns haven't lost a feather yet. She also has stopped laying which is normal but now I'm a little worried. She is still eating and drinking but seems to be really self destructing in the looks department. Just want to make sure she is OK. All comments welcomed than657


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 Post subject: Re: Moulting Times
PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 8:07 am 
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Are you sure she is pulling them out? I have some that are moulting now



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 Post subject: Re: Moulting Times
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Thanks Raf, When I catch her she looks like she is preening but feathers are flying out. And she is doing it in the same place in the garden. wee. wee.


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 Post subject: Re: Moulting Times
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Yep sounds like shes not pulling but preening during moulting but keep and eye on her to make sure new feathers start growing back and not pulled out. Also have you dusted you fowls for mites?



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 Post subject: Re: Moulting Times
PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 7:58 am 
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could she be feathering a nest and starting the broody state of mind

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 Post subject: Re: Moulting Times
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Its possible but not likely by the sounds of this hen but yes some do that




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 Post subject: Re: Moulting Times
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That is more relevant to waterfowl than chickens very few pluck to nest if any

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I have heard that Bill the ducks really pluck to make a fluffy nest

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 Post subject: Re: Moulting Times
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My silkies never put feathers in their nests but they have picked up some duck feathers to use


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 Post subject: Re: Moulting Times
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I wish my hens would all molt in the same spot I have feathers all over the house :x :x


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