9-mo old Roo moulting? Hens not... ?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by AllChookUp, Feb 3, 2009.

  1. AllChookUp

    AllChookUp Will Shut Up for Chocolate

    May 7, 2008
    Frozen Lake, MN
    I have a flock of of 10 BO and GLW hens, with a SLW roo. All of them are 9 months old.

    The hens seem to be doing great (except for a bit of feather loss in the rump area - BAAAD roo).

    Hank the Roo seems to be moulting, especially in his lower chest area, down around his stomach.

    Is this normal for a Roo so young? And in the dead of winter?

    Or is he exhausted from all his, um, er, "servicing" duties?

    Don't know whether to feel sorry for him, or just envious?

  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Is it possible that he's rubbing his own feathers off during his ut hum duties?
    Not all of my chickens moulted in the 7 to 8 month range, but the ones that did lost feathers in the order of head, then neck, then shoulders, and then belly and back.
  3. Indiana hens

    Indiana hens Songster

    Jun 25, 2008
    Pendleton, Indiana
    Partial moult is common(losing feathers on the back). It would have to be cloudy alot for a full moult.

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