Are my girls molting?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by jhorst, Nov 28, 2013.

  1. jhorst

    jhorst New Egg

    3
    0
    7
    Nov 28, 2013
    So I noticed a few weeks ago that 1 of my girls lost the feathers on her undercarriage, and that overall her feathers seemed messy. I thought initially it was mites, so dusted, and went through that whole deal, but it seems like maybe its just molting. I have 5 girls that we got around easter. All but 1 have not started losing their feathers and are naked from the vent to around the breast. Just seems like the worst possible time to start molting as its getting cold here in Maryland. The black/grey girl has the worst of it with her feathers all broken and sort of chewed looking. Anyone able to confirm this is just normal molting and nothing to worry about?

    I had to keep them penned up lately due to a complaining neighbor, who is a little too anal about his yard. I wasn't sure if this was due to that or not but have been trying to let them out more and more to see if that helps. They are all good layers, and seem to be in good spirits.
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
  2. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    20,569
    1,157
    391
    Jul 24, 2013
    How old are they? Its definitely possible that they are molting. Most chickens molt in the fall in winter.
     
  3. jhorst

    jhorst New Egg

    3
    0
    7
    Nov 28, 2013
    We got them at Easter, so I guess 7-8 months which I believe is right when they typically molt, but it just seems like the wrong time of year to lose your insulation...
     
  4. GoldenChicks16

    GoldenChicks16 Chillin' With My Peeps

    203
    13
    93
    Mar 12, 2013
    Winder, Georgia
    I'm pretty sure it's just molting, nothing to worry about, some of my girls are also molting during this cold winter. It shouldn't last to long since this will be their first year, a month at the absolute most. You might want to put out a light so they can stay warm since they are loosing a good many of their feathers.[​IMG] Hope this helped!
     
  5. jhorst

    jhorst New Egg

    3
    0
    7
    Nov 28, 2013
    I have had a light out, but it started in late cot for some and they are still pretty bald. Hope it ends soon
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by