7 Month Old Pullet Moulting?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by hennypenner, Jan 7, 2012.

  1. hennypenner

    hennypenner New Egg


    Hi All,
    We just bought a pullet from a local SF Bay Area rare breeds breeder. The pullet was sold to me as a 6.5 or 7 month old. But she is HUGE, almost 8 lbs, and she's MOULTING! Has anyone here ever heard of 7mo. pullet moulting? This hen is a mixed breed, but we have another purebread of her same main breed, and she is nowhere near as big or mature. It is almost unbelievable to us that the bird we bought is really 6.5 or 7 months old.
  2. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2011
    Foothills of NC
    We love pictures! A 7 month old could be having a light molt.
  3. NixNoodleNumbat

    NixNoodleNumbat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2011
    Some breeds just mature faster.
    My hens were molting at 8 months, as long as she's not losing too many feathers, you shouldn't need to worry.
  4. hennypenner

    hennypenner New Egg

    Thank you both. My first little flock didn't moult until they were 18 months old, at least. Most were 2 years old, and I had owned them from their ninth week. It was a huge shock to see the silver feathers drifting over the yard a few hours after we brought this girl home.
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2012

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by