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Does it hurt my hen to pick her up when molting?

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Hi,

I was wondering if  it hurts my hen to pick her up, when molting.

She  used  not to mind if I held her, but now she clucks like the world is coming to an end!

This is her first molt. 

Thanks!

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An entire sea of water can't sink a ship unless the water gets inside the ship. Similarily, the troubles of the world can't sink you unless you let them.

"Cast all your cares upon Him for He cares for you."

Nobody can love us like Jesus can. He always loves us and welcomes us back with open arms no matter what we've done. 😌

Be happy. 😜✌🏻️
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Hi,

I was wondering if  it hurts my hen to pick her up, when molting.

She  used  not to mind if I held her, but now she clucks like the world is coming to an end!

This is her first molt. 

Thanks!

Hello!:welcome

Yes, sometimes it can be painful to pick them up when they are molting.

Your  hen should  return back to her old self as soon as her molt is over .

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ALL you have to do is believe!!:) 

 

For God so loved the WORLD that he gave his only begotten son, that   WHOSOEVER

believes in Him shall have EVERLASTING life.!  - John 3:16   :)  

 

 

 

 

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Thank you!

An entire sea of water can't sink a ship unless the water gets inside the ship. Similarily, the troubles of the world can't sink you unless you let them.

"Cast all your cares upon Him for He cares for you."

Nobody can love us like Jesus can. He always loves us and welcomes us back with open arms no matter what we've done. 😌

Be happy. 😜✌🏻️
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An entire sea of water can't sink a ship unless the water gets inside the ship. Similarily, the troubles of the world can't sink you unless you let them.

"Cast all your cares upon Him for He cares for you."

Nobody can love us like Jesus can. He always loves us and welcomes us back with open arms no matter what we've done. 😌

Be happy. 😜✌🏻️
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post #4 of 9

If you shave, you've experienced the intense discomfort of stubble. That's what it feels like to a chicken as the pin feathers are erupting and beginning to grow out.

 

On top of that, I believe they revert to a relatively crabby mood while molting. Most of my friendliest girls are noticeably stand-offish until they've completed feather re-growth.

 

There's at least one very good reason for them to avoid being handled during molt. If those pin feather shafts happen to break off, they will bleed profusely since the blood in them lacks the ability to coagulate. 

post #5 of 9

I say leave her alone until she's grown the feathers back in. I don't know if it hurts them, but if it feels like it looks, I sure wouldn't want anyone touching me! Plus, if she's putting up a fuss, that's her only way of letting you know she doesn't like it.

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Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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FarmGirl1000! We have the same profile picture! lol:barnie

An entire sea of water can't sink a ship unless the water gets inside the ship. Similarily, the troubles of the world can't sink you unless you let them.

"Cast all your cares upon Him for He cares for you."

Nobody can love us like Jesus can. He always loves us and welcomes us back with open arms no matter what we've done. 😌

Be happy. 😜✌🏻️
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An entire sea of water can't sink a ship unless the water gets inside the ship. Similarily, the troubles of the world can't sink you unless you let them.

"Cast all your cares upon Him for He cares for you."

Nobody can love us like Jesus can. He always loves us and welcomes us back with open arms no matter what we've done. 😌

Be happy. 😜✌🏻️
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post #7 of 9

This thread is from two years ago, but maybe someone is still around? 

 

I picked up my chicken tonight - she is molting and wanted to sleep on the roof of the chicken coop.  She struggled and seemed very distressed and then I learned I could hurt her growing feathers by touching her pin feathers.  Do you know, if I didn't break any pin feathers and none of them were bleeding, then will her feathers grow normally?  It was too dark to tell but I'll check in the morning.

post #8 of 9

It's very uncomfortable for a molting chicken to be handled, and it's possible to damage the fragile pin feathers. If broken, rather than yanked out, the feathers will grow out damaged and will not be replaced until next year's molt.

 

For how it feels to be a molting chicken, consider how your own skin feels as shaved hair grows back as stubble. It's very unpleasant and prickly. Normally friendly chickens become uncharacteristically stand-offish and even peevish during molt because handling causes considerable discomfort.

 

After molt is completed, your friendly chickens will return to their normal loveable selves.

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This thread is from two years ago, but maybe someone is still around? 

 

I picked up my chicken tonight - she is molting and wanted to sleep on the roof of the chicken coop.  She struggled and seemed very distressed and then I learned I could hurt her growing feathers by touching her pin feathers.  Do you know, if I didn't break any pin feathers and none of them were bleeding, then will her feathers grow normally?  It was too dark to tell but I'll check in the morning.

Answered here: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1035083/molting-picked-up-my-chicken-is-this-really-terrible#post_15951336

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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