Feathers feathers everywhere!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by fargosmom, Mar 23, 2009.

  1. fargosmom

    fargosmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've been finding what seems like a lot of feathers in the run lately. No one seems to have any bare patches. The girls are just a little over 3 months old - I didn't expect them to moult so soon - is that normal? The weather has been typically unpredictable lately - some days in the 80's followed by some in the 60's . . . stupid global warming. Is the onset of warmer weather triggering a moult or is someone picking on someone? [​IMG]
     
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    At that age they do shed what seems like a lot of feathers. Wait til you see a full molt! It will look like someone busted open a dozen feather pillows in your hen house.
     
  3. illinichick

    illinichick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My 4 month old silkie pen looks like an exploded cotton ball! they all seem to moult at about this age.
     
  4. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    I remember that stage. I've yet to see a full-on molt. I'm actually a bit eager to get it as an artist friend of mine has asked for feathers. I plan to load her up w/ enough feathers to make her own chicken flock.
     
  5. fargosmom

    fargosmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well that makes me feel better! I'm just glad to know that (at least as of now) there's no misplaced aggression going on. Do adult chickens moult annually, or seasonally . . . in other words, when is it to be expected?
     

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