First molt question, too early?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by cicene mete, May 15, 2009.

  1. cicene mete

    cicene mete Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi BYC-land,
    My little EE has always been my best layer. She was the first to lay (beating out the RIRs by at least two weeks) and has been very consistent. About a week ago, she stopped. Like someone turned off the faucet. She seems healthy, she's running around like crazy, she's eating and drinking and her feathers are shiny. [​IMG]

    Today, I went into the pen and saw tons of her little downy under-feathers all over the place. At first, I was scared that there was a fight or a predator got in, but everybody was doing fine. Seems like a molt, right? Thing is, she's only 10 months old. [​IMG]

    Other info, it's spring (finally) in Massachusetts. The days are getting longer, and we are no longer using artificial light.

    Thanks everybody! She's my favorite, so I always worry about her a little bit extra.
     
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    If she is balding in just one specific area, it is a mini-molt. They usually do this around 8 months or so, and that is what it sounds like to me.
     
  3. cicene mete

    cicene mete Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I haven't noticed any specific spots yet, so far, it's just her downy under feathers.

    Should I be doing anything to increase her protein intake or offer her any other kind of nutritional support?
     
  4. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Quote:Increasing protein and giving vitamins is never a bad idea but if she is a mini molt it won't stop it.
     

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