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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

post #3 of 36

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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Originally Posted by whiteflare 

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


yuckyuck

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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.

 I grow a little impatient when people seem to think that they are unique in the world. Of course they are. Just like everyone else.

 

"If you make every game a life-and-death proposition, you're going to have problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot." — former North Carolina coach Dean Smith

 

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

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 I grow a little impatient when people seem to think that they are unique in the world. Of course they are. Just like everyone else.

 

"If you make every game a life-and-death proposition, you're going to have problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot." — former North Carolina coach Dean Smith

 

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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