Effects of molting

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by scooter147, Oct 21, 2009.

  1. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lethargic?
    Loss of appetite?
    Generally acting as though they are sick or in pain.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    I've been asking the same question in the emergencies/illness category because I have a hen that's acting a bit off. [​IMG]
     
  3. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

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    I have some moulting right now, but they seem active and healthy. They are eating normally. The only symptom is that they look ugly.
     
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Depending on the severity of the molt, yes, they can be lethargic, lose weight and good color, have egg issues, crop problems. The thing is that any small issue they have already can be exacerbated by the molt and their higher nutritional needs at that time. Some molt with no loss of anything, except feathers, of course, but it seems to hit certain ones quite hard.
     
  5. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The ones that are half naked are the ones that seem to just stand around, don't seem interested in food etc.
     
  6. NatalieB

    NatalieB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine act ok, no lethargy or anything..........Just look like they have been though a blender! [​IMG]
     

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