Aggressive chicken during molting

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by rach1990, Nov 24, 2016.

  1. rach1990

    rach1990 New Egg

    Nov 24, 2016
    I'm new to this chicken thing. But I need some advice on normality.
    My Meredith is going though a molt and when I was doing my chicken checks in their cage I decided it was a good idea to stroke her and to my surprise.. Got pecked.. Is agressive behavior normal for molting chickens?
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    [​IMG] Molting is stressful. and may also be uncomfortable. She just wants to be left alone until she is beautiful once again.
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  3. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under rach1990 [​IMG] Welcome!

    When chickens are moulting the new pin feathers are very sensitive and touching them can hurt them; that may be why she pecked you. It is a good idea to keep handling to a minimum when they are moulting.

    I have a hen who gets quite sulky when she moults, spending a lot of time in the coop away from her friends.

    Moulting is hard on them sometimes.

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  4. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

    Jan 10, 2013
    [​IMG] so glad you have joined us.

    I have limited experience with a small flock for nearly 4 years - the others have more experience than I , but..........

    It would seem that a painful experience would make the chicken run? Or could it be a chicken in molt can also be broody?

    Broodiness is the only time I've had any of mine try to peck me.
  5. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer Premium Member

    May 11, 2010
    Poor Meredith has about 30,000 needle like structures sticking out of her skin. (Well maybe not that many but she thinks she does). Chickens get grouchy when molting. The pin feathers poke them when they move, the molting chicken can't rest, can't dust bathe, can't preen themselves properly. Yep, I think I'd be a bit grumpy, too.
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  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    upping her protein source can help her regain healthy feathers.
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  7. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Overrun With Chickens

    Hello, and welcome to BYC!
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  8. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas and :welcome! Great to have you in our community! I agree with the advice given above so I'll just say best wishes and thanks for joining BYC! :)
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  9. rach1990

    rach1990 New Egg

    Nov 24, 2016
    Ur all very lovely and helpful thank you ^.^
  10. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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