11 months Too Young To Moult?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by goldtopper, Jan 11, 2012.

  1. goldtopper

    goldtopper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Australorp is beginning to lose feathers underneath her chin and on her face. She's stopped laying as well. No signs of mites, lice or anything; her appetite's great and she seems just as healthy as ever.
    Is there a possibility she's moulting early?
     
  2. ECBW

    ECBW Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would say it is possible. Few of my birds ever follow any rules. You are doing what I would... observe and react. If no other sign, just let her do her thing.
     
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2012
  3. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Pullets in their first year will go through a molt up to 3 times. Not a full molt like they would in their second year though. If there are no mites, lice, or parasites, I wouldn't worry too much about it.
     

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