Chickens Loosing Feathers?

Q:  I have a chicken (grey and black plymouth rock)  she’s loosing feathers more than usual, and especially around the neck area. Any ideas why?  I have a total of three chickens, they all seem to be in good health except the one loosing the feathers.

A:  This time of year many chickens moult.  This is a process where their old feathers fall out and they will eventually grow new feather.  This is extremely common and is nothing to be worried about.  They will look scraggly and beat up for a while, but once their new feathers grow in they will look beautiful once again.

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