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Molting behavior

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I have a 9-10 month old chicken who looks like she may be going through a mild molt.  At night, when the other chickens have gone in the coop, she is staying out in the run.  Is this normal behavior?  Should I let her stay out, or put her inside where she is safer?

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Sometimes chickens get this idea to sleep outside, instead of in the coop. I don't think it's got anything to do with her molt. She will be safer in the coop though (and warmer!). There are a few predators that like to hunt and night and a sleeping chicken will be an easy target. Rather put her inside in the evenings.

 

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“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

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I agree with Sumi

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Thanks!  I'll make sure she is in the coop, safe and warm.

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Sometimes chickens get this idea to sleep outside, instead of in the coop. I don't think it's got anything to do with her molt. She will be safer in the coop though (and warmer!). There are a few predators that like to hunt and night and a sleeping chicken will be an easy target. Rather put her inside in the evenings.


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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.

I have zero chicken willpower.

 

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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.

I have zero chicken willpower.

 

Join us for the Easter Hatch-a-long!

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