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Chicken "attitudes" during their moult.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by LittleChickenLady, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. LittleChickenLady

    LittleChickenLady Songster

    Mar 4, 2011
    Clanton, Alabama
    Is this normal?

    I have a BO and an OEGB that are moulting right now and neither one want to be messed with.
    Either they'll run away (when they usually love attention), peck at you if you pet them, or "yell" at you for picking them up. [​IMG]

    So what's their deal?
    Is it normal for them to be like this, or should I be worried?

  2. 2DogsFarm

    2DogsFarm Songster

    Apr 10, 2009
    NW Indiana
    Moulting is stressful - think about it [​IMG]

    My hens act all sorts of ways when they moult - from not a bit different to crabby banshee.
    Doesn't seem to depend on how hard the moult is either.
    I have one now who lacks only the foam tray & plastic wrap and she is acting normal, still friendly & laying daily.
    Another hen has barely lost a feather but she is a Total Crabass - pecks at me and just generally looks cranky.

    They need extra protein now to make new feathers so be sure you add something like canned tuna, sardines or canned catfood to their feed.
    That might make them a little friendlier too when they discover the new treats.
  3. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

    May 8, 2007
    Blood feathers are more sensitive than a regular feather.

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