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i have 11 chicks right now and an 11 month RIR and bantam frizzle.  I would like to know what to expect when a chicken begins to molt.  Doesn't matter the breed, just go at it!

3 Easter Eggers, 3 Silkies, 1 Silver Laced Wyandotte, 1 Golden Laced Wyandotte, 1 Buff Orpington, 1 Welsummer, 1 White Leghorn, 1 Partridge Cochin, 1 Barred Rock, 1 White Crested Black Polish, and 2 Buff Laced Polishes.....for now!
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3 Easter Eggers, 3 Silkies, 1 Silver Laced Wyandotte, 1 Golden Laced Wyandotte, 1 Buff Orpington, 1 Welsummer, 1 White Leghorn, 1 Partridge Cochin, 1 Barred Rock, 1 White Crested Black Polish, and 2 Buff Laced Polishes.....for now!
check out my BYC page! http://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=65169
AND, i just started a blog, check it out! http://zachsbackyardflock.blogspot.com/
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Originally Posted by frizzleman74 

i have 11 chicks right now and an 11 month RIR and bantam frizzle.  I would like to know what to expect when a chicken begins to molt.  Doesn't matter the breed, just go at it!


You want molting pictures, we've got molting pictures!!

This is Phoebe pre-molt:
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/43104_6-19-10_phoebe_34.jpg
And during:
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/43104_10-27-10_phoebe_32.jpg
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/43104_10-27-10_phoebe_34.jpg
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/43104_9-12-10_phoebe_molt_2.jpg
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/43104_9-4-10_phoebe_molt_belly_20.jpg
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/43104_9-7-10_phoebe_molt_2.jpg

This Easter Egger in the front isn't wind-blown, she's ragged looking from molting:
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/43104_6-12-10_11.jpg

Those are just two of my girls but here's an entire thread dedicated to severe molting (not the norm):
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=257565

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Wow. Looking at the pics of Phoebe... now I can be pretty sure that none of my hens have molted yet. Despite the fact that they're nearly three years old! lol

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Wow. Looking at the pics of Phoebe... now I can be pretty sure that none of my hens have molted yet. Despite the fact that they're nearly three years old! lol


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I'd suggest you look more at the Easter Egger than the Silkie.  The Silkie looks like an extreme case.  I seldom have any that look that bad.  With some of mine, they look a bit rough but the only way I really know they are molting is that I see a lot of fresh feathers, though some are more evident.  And they don't all molt at the same time.  Each chicken looks different when molting.

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Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought....Abraham Lincoln (Freedom carries responsibility)

The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right.....Judge Learned Hand  (The more sure your are that your way is the only right way, the more likely you are wrong.)

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

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post #6 of 36

my chickens are molting too. they have big patches without feathers haha

I have 3 horses and 14 chickens as well as a beautiful peahen and 2 ducks 

 

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I have 3 horses and 14 chickens as well as a beautiful peahen and 2 ducks 

 

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post #7 of 36
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Originally Posted by Ridgerunner 

I'd suggest you look more at the Easter Egger than the Silkie.  The Silkie looks like an extreme case.  I seldom have any that look that bad.  With some of mine, they look a bit rough but the only way I really know they are molting is that I see a lot of fresh feathers, though some are more evident.  And they don't all molt at the same time.  Each chicken looks different when molting.


Phoebe isn't a Silkie, she's a bantam Cochin Frizzle, and you're right, she I'd certainly NOT the norm, that was an extreme case of hideous molting. Poor Phoebe. The indignity.

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Tomorrow I will try to get pictures of Roadkill molting. He is my bantam frizzled NN. Last year I checked him daily for lice, mites, fleas, ticks, anything that would make him look so hideous. Nope, nothing, just a really, really bad molt. And its starting again now. Poor guy. He looks awful. Here he is, it will only get worse... http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/11233_1_014.jpg


Edited by key west chick - 4/24/11 at 5:41pm
Mother of 5 Nigerian dwarf goats, 2 dogs, 7 chickens from Key West, 1 mottled Aracuana, a lavender Araucana, pair of lavender Ameraucanas,  4 seramas, 1 frizzled naked neck bantam, a BC Marans, a couple of olive egger's, a buff orp mix, 2 silkies, several random mixes,16 year old son, 21 year old daughter and 47 year old DH.
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Mother of 5 Nigerian dwarf goats, 2 dogs, 7 chickens from Key West, 1 mottled Aracuana, a lavender Araucana, pair of lavender Ameraucanas,  4 seramas, 1 frizzled naked neck bantam, a BC Marans, a couple of olive egger's, a buff orp mix, 2 silkies, several random mixes,16 year old son, 21 year old daughter and 47 year old DH.
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Originally Posted by key west chick 

Tomorrow I will try to get pictures of Roadkill molting. He is my bantam frizzled NN. Last year I checked him daily for lice, mites, fleas, ticks, anything that would make him look so hideous. Nope, nothing, just a really, really bad molt. And its starting again now. Poor guy. He looks awful. Here he is, it will only get worse... http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/11233_1_014.jpg


OMG!!!! epepep  Now THAT is a wicked molt!

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Last year I really thought something was wrong with him. I though he either had some kind of blood sucking cooties or some serious feather picking was going on. Nope, just a real bad molt. Takes him forever to grow his feathers back in too. Here he is normally. http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/11233_mine_001.jpg

Mother of 5 Nigerian dwarf goats, 2 dogs, 7 chickens from Key West, 1 mottled Aracuana, a lavender Araucana, pair of lavender Ameraucanas,  4 seramas, 1 frizzled naked neck bantam, a BC Marans, a couple of olive egger's, a buff orp mix, 2 silkies, several random mixes,16 year old son, 21 year old daughter and 47 year old DH.
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Mother of 5 Nigerian dwarf goats, 2 dogs, 7 chickens from Key West, 1 mottled Aracuana, a lavender Araucana, pair of lavender Ameraucanas,  4 seramas, 1 frizzled naked neck bantam, a BC Marans, a couple of olive egger's, a buff orp mix, 2 silkies, several random mixes,16 year old son, 21 year old daughter and 47 year old DH.
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