Rhode Island Reds Tail feathers missing??
I'm new here so I hope someone can help??!! I just got 29 Rhode Island Red laying hens and noticed that many of their tail featheres were missing (over half)?? Is it possible that they are just moulting? The farmer I purchased them from told me they were about 40 weeks old and were good layers. I'm told they peak at about 35 weeks or so and then slowly decline in egg production from there, but produce well into their 2nd/3rd year. I've only got about 2 eggs a day from ALL 29! Could the stress of the move be effecting egg production? Any help would be appreciated.
Steve in NJ