Can someone explain

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by dragracer, Oct 5, 2008.

  1. dragracer

    dragracer Out Of The Brooder

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    Molting? I am new to chickens and I have had fuzzy feathers everywhere for the last week? Does this mean the girls are molting?
     
  2. Frizzledhen

    Frizzledhen Spear Gunnin' Coons

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    Probably. How old are they. Someone correct me if I am wrong but I do believe they have their first big molt around 18 months. Some you will not even notice they are loosing their feathers and others will look a litte ragged until their new feathers grow back in. Or maybe they all just had a pillow fight that you don't know about. [​IMG]
     
  3. dragracer

    dragracer Out Of The Brooder

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    They aren't that old. Maybe 5-6 months old. It just seems there are a lot of fuzzy feathers everywhere!
     
  4. Frizzledhen

    Frizzledhen Spear Gunnin' Coons

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    Are they pulling feathers? Have you looked for mites or lice? Some feathers laying around is normal. LOTS of feathers laying around usually means molt or feather plucking for one reason or another.
     
  5. dragracer

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    No mites and their not pulling them out. This is going to sound stupid, but all the feathers around their bum are the one's they are losing. They are really fuzzy and their are no bear spots or mites/lice. If they lie down in the grass the fuzzies are in the grass. Maybe two to three in each spot. And it just two of the six that are loosing the fuzzy feathers. It seems not so fuzzy feathers are taking the old feathers spots.
     
  6. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    They're probably just getting they're big girl feathers. It looks like a feather explosion in my pens right now....and there's only a few older hens that are molting right now. Most of the feathers are from the younger pullets.
     
  7. karmical

    karmical Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The same thing happened to mine at that age. When I posted about it, someone said that they go through a 'mini-molt' just as they start getting ready to lay eggs.
     
  8. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

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    Quote:I've suspected this, but now you've confirmed it!!!!! I didn't think they were moulting because they still look so darn good. I wonder where they hide that pillow and whether there are any feathers left in it!
     

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