chook behaviour gone weired

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by wyandottewings, Apr 29, 2009.

  1. wyandottewings

    wyandottewings Out Of The Brooder

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    i have a moulting chook. she used to be a chook that was friendly.now that shes moulting i cant get near her. why is this happening?
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Moulting can be painful for them. Kinda like us having a bad sunburn and not wanting to be touched.
     
  3. wyandottewings

    wyandottewings Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks for the reply gritsar:).this is my chooks first moult.i love poultry and i am only just starting out:)
     
  4. ZepChick

    ZepChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    how long does moulting last? How come all of them don't seem to do it? Sorry for stealing your thread btw...
     
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Out of my 15 chickens, maybe 9 or 10 of them went thru a mini-moult in the 7 to 9 month range. I offered them lots of high protein treats (scrambled eggs, yogurt, dry cat food, black oil sunflower seeds) to help them grow new feathers quickly. Most were completely thru with the moult in 10 days.
    The first major moult around 18 months old can take considerably longer to run its course.
     
  6. wyandottewings

    wyandottewings Out Of The Brooder

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    well my chooks a year ago had kinda like a mini moult. they had a couple of feathers her and there (it looked kind like the feather was twisted the wrong way- could of been a moult).they sort of looked like the chook in my avatar,see the feather sticking out near the wing? but the chooks have never had a proper moult like now.
     
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  7. GoldenSilverLaced

    GoldenSilverLaced Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens haven't gone through a full molt yet, but my parakeet has many times...he gets *incredibly* cranky, probably for the same reasons. My guess is that it may also be itchy, in addition to being painful. At least in my parakeet's case, he is also incredibly vain, so seeing himself in one of his many mirrors while molting just pisses him off [​IMG]
     

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