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RIR MOLTING

post #1 of 5
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Hi there,
I think my 9 month old RIR's are molting. Is that normal this time of year? They seem to be losing a lot of neck and tail feathers. They have also stopped laying. With the weather getting colder, do I need to worry about their temperature regulation? Our other 5 chickens are looking pretty normal. Our Golden Comet and 2 leghorns are still laying very well. Our Aracaunas quit laying the same time as the RIR's. They are all fed laying crumble.
Thank you for any advice.
post #2 of 5

it's normal this time of year, but yours are a little young for their first molt.  do you have a rooster in the bunch? 

 

it's also normal for some breeds to stop laying when the days get shorter.

post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 
Nope, no rooster.
post #4 of 5
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Originally Posted by Bobbimarks View Post

Nope, no rooster.

 

Ok, just thinking, they do have a tendency to cause feather loss on head/neck and tail area.  have you checked them over for parasites?

post #5 of 5
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I have not. They are very tough ones to catch. Though, none of my other chickens seem to be losing any feathers. I would think mites and parasites would affect the whole flock, and not single out a breed. I will try to grab one tomorrow, when I let them out, and inspect.
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