Behavior during molt

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by stargazingmommy, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. stargazingmommy

    stargazingmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2011
    My Saalmon Faverolle is molting.
    Her neck is naked, she's lost her tail feathers and all her feet and leg feathers.
    I expect molts, so not worried...but she's acting odd.
    Normally she is very sweet and loving and will come running for cuddles when I call her name.
    With the molt though, she runs from me, acts ashamed and like she doesn't want to be seen.
    She's run into the coop to try to hide from me, and won't even come out for treats.
    Is this normal during a molt?

    Also, with her feet feathers...I noticed when the first few came out she had some bleeding. I thought it was something she had done while hiding under the porch, but can't see any wounds, only little holes where each feather was.
    Her feet near her ankles have taken on a chapped look, but not frost bitten type, just red dry and at one point they were bleeding a bit. There doesn't seem to be any signs of infection, and no wounds from others picking on her.
    Should I drag her in and coat her feet and legs in vaseline? or wait and see what happens?
    It's been cold and snowy, but the injuries(for lack of a better word) don't seem to be caused by that(she rarely ventures out into the snow and stays in their hay filled pen and coop).
    I'll try to get pics in the morning, but she's not been real cooperative
  2. DaughterOfEve

    DaughterOfEve Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 3, 2009
    Montague, MI
    Not surprised she is runny away. When those feathers start coming in they are like nails against their skin. Anything they touch or bump against causes discomfort. She certainly will not want to be touched until they come back in better. The bloody feet have my stumped a little as you say none of the others are pecking at her.

    I have seen roos with large blood feathers in their tails have bleeding when they come back in and the others will peck at it from time to time to keep the blood flowing and the feather cannot come in right.

    So not sure on the feet thing, but maybe this will give you a bump for someone else to help.
  3. Rooster76

    Rooster76 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 18, 2012
    My absolute favorite White EE hen molted and now she is just a normal hen and not nearly as friendly. Before the molt she would be super easy to pick up and would even come to see me and squat. Not really anymore, and it is well past the molt. She has been all feathered up for months. I don't have enough experience to tell you if that is a common thing for them to change personalities after the molt though.
  4. Kickin' Chickin'

    Kickin' Chickin' Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 8, 2010
    Upstate New York
    I have come to the conclusion that chickens are "WEIRD"lol
  5. stargazingmommy

    stargazingmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2011
    Chickens are weird lol

    Heres' a pic, but it doesn't really show what I'm trying to show lol
    and one of her poor head


  6. ChicKat

    ChicKat Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    It looks painful, and the nails analogy is a good one. My hen molted and didn't want to be picked up during that time too. She is now getting a little more back to normal, but a little less 'friendly' and perhaps sill in molt.

    Good luck with your hen.

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