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6-7 month old Columbian Rocks - Molting??

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I bought three 6 month old CR's from someone local to me, and they gave me eggs for about a week or so.  About two weeks later they started dropping feathers.  Do any hens molt around 30 weeks old??

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I've never had one molt that young, but I have had 9 month olds molt.

Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.



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Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.



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Definitely molting. seriously. 

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Are you completely sure they are 6-7 months old...?

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Are you completely sure they are 6-7 months old...?

That is precisely my question, celestialdreadmer. 

 

I handled them today and there are definitely pin feathers. One is obviously missing feathers even from a distance.  The guy I bought them from is adamant that they are now exactly 7 months and 1 week old.  He texted me a photo of the invoice, but it is too blurry to read.

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I've had a 9 month old molt too.

Could be stress from the move...or the guy might not be quite up to snuff.

Might just have to wait and see.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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