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Do roosters molt their feathers?

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hu.gifThis might be the "dumbest question of the year"!

 

We read so much about the hens going through a bad molt, stop laying eggs awhile and how they need extra protein to grow back new feathers...but what about roosters - Do they molt too?  (I only have pullets)

Wife to 1 wonderful husband, homeschooling mom to 1 super son

 

Chickens: 1 RIR named Rhodie, 1 BO named Buffy, 1 PBR named Rocky!  2 EE named Angel and Ebony, 1 Welsummer named Ginger and 2 Golden Comets.

 

6 silkies named: Mysty Blue, Leo Pierre, Cinnamuffin, Cloud, Shadow and Icelynn

14 chicks in the brooder consisting of 3 Welsummers, 3 Barred Rocks, 2 Americanas and 6 d'Anvers

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Wife to 1 wonderful husband, homeschooling mom to 1 super son

 

Chickens: 1 RIR named Rhodie, 1 BO named Buffy, 1 PBR named Rocky!  2 EE named Angel and Ebony, 1 Welsummer named Ginger and 2 Golden Comets.

 

6 silkies named: Mysty Blue, Leo Pierre, Cinnamuffin, Cloud, Shadow and Icelynn

14 chicks in the brooder consisting of 3 Welsummers, 3 Barred Rocks, 2 Americanas and 6 d'Anvers

And...

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post #2 of 8

Yes roosters molt as well. 

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 Say NO to Crested Ducks!                     Common Chicken Practices          Learn more about Avian Influenza

 

 

"Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way you live."

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post #3 of 8
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Thanks :)  Ya just don't hear much about it, I guess.

Wife to 1 wonderful husband, homeschooling mom to 1 super son

 

Chickens: 1 RIR named Rhodie, 1 BO named Buffy, 1 PBR named Rocky!  2 EE named Angel and Ebony, 1 Welsummer named Ginger and 2 Golden Comets.

 

6 silkies named: Mysty Blue, Leo Pierre, Cinnamuffin, Cloud, Shadow and Icelynn

14 chicks in the brooder consisting of 3 Welsummers, 3 Barred Rocks, 2 Americanas and 6 d'Anvers

And...

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Wife to 1 wonderful husband, homeschooling mom to 1 super son

 

Chickens: 1 RIR named Rhodie, 1 BO named Buffy, 1 PBR named Rocky!  2 EE named Angel and Ebony, 1 Welsummer named Ginger and 2 Golden Comets.

 

6 silkies named: Mysty Blue, Leo Pierre, Cinnamuffin, Cloud, Shadow and Icelynn

14 chicks in the brooder consisting of 3 Welsummers, 3 Barred Rocks, 2 Americanas and 6 d'Anvers

And...

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post #4 of 8

They do, and they look SO pathetic, cause they're usually so handsome!

Rachel BB

 

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Rachel BB

 

"and I'll praise You in this storm, and I will lift my hands,  for You are who You are, no matter where I am. Every tear I've cried, You've held in Your hands....You never left my side. Although my heart is torn, I will praise You in this storm"

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post #5 of 8

Following is the incomplete moulting sequence of one of my game roosters.  In first image he is about 8 months post-hatch.  His feathers are just fully set (no longer growing) so he could be called a bull-stag.  The next image shows where the lateral tail feathers have been dropped.  The way a chicken's tail folds, the lateral feathers appear to be on the bottom.  The third images shows all bull-stag feathers have been shed and the lateral tail feathers are coming in.  The subsequent images are showing the feathers continueing to develope.  Notice the new feathers are longer than the bull-stag set.  He was a late hatch rooster so his stag feathers are a bit shorter than they would be in a cock which is a fully mature male.  Last image shows him about 2 weeks shy of having his cock feathering fully set.  He would have been truely impressive if a bad series of events did not take him out.  Will repeat sequence with one of his sons that is also late hatch.  Wing feathers were being replaced starting a good four months prior to loss of first tail feathers and the last replacement of wing feathers would have been complete at about time tail feathers were fully set.

 

 

 

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post #6 of 8
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The pictures are wonderful.  He was a very handsome boy...I especially love the shiny green tail feathers!  It probably isn't a big deal for a regular barnyard rooster to molt.  But, I imagine it can be problematic for someone who shows their birds.  Someday I would like to have a flock of Silkies (to show) including a rooster.  I'm kind of scared of regular roosters, but the 4 silkies I had were ALL roosters -and they were very sweet.  Unfortunately they could crow, like any other roo, so they had to go!

Wife to 1 wonderful husband, homeschooling mom to 1 super son

 

Chickens: 1 RIR named Rhodie, 1 BO named Buffy, 1 PBR named Rocky!  2 EE named Angel and Ebony, 1 Welsummer named Ginger and 2 Golden Comets.

 

6 silkies named: Mysty Blue, Leo Pierre, Cinnamuffin, Cloud, Shadow and Icelynn

14 chicks in the brooder consisting of 3 Welsummers, 3 Barred Rocks, 2 Americanas and 6 d'Anvers

And...

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Wife to 1 wonderful husband, homeschooling mom to 1 super son

 

Chickens: 1 RIR named Rhodie, 1 BO named Buffy, 1 PBR named Rocky!  2 EE named Angel and Ebony, 1 Welsummer named Ginger and 2 Golden Comets.

 

6 silkies named: Mysty Blue, Leo Pierre, Cinnamuffin, Cloud, Shadow and Icelynn

14 chicks in the brooder consisting of 3 Welsummers, 3 Barred Rocks, 2 Americanas and 6 d'Anvers

And...

Reply
post #7 of 8

At roughly what age do roos begin their molt?

1 Healer, 1 Husband, 1 Dog, 2 Cats, 9 hens, 1 rooster, 7 pullets  (15 BAs and 2 California Whites), a plecostomus and 18 goldfish on the edge of an Enchanted Forest

 

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1 Healer, 1 Husband, 1 Dog, 2 Cats, 9 hens, 1 rooster, 7 pullets  (15 BAs and 2 California Whites), a plecostomus and 18 goldfish on the edge of an Enchanted Forest

 

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post #8 of 8
Do the roosters personalities change when they are in molt. Mine seems like his hurt or sick. But the only thing off about him is he is missing the feathers between his wings.
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