For the new folks that haven't experienced a molt yet.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Happy Chooks, Oct 4, 2011.

  1. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    They say pictures are worth a thousand words, so I thought I'd share my picture for all those new to chicken raising on what it looks like when a chicken molts.

    Now keep in mind, this hen is going through a very hard molt. (she didn't molt this badly last year) She's a 2 1/2 year old Sicilian Buttercup. You can also see that her comb is shriveled up.

  2. Americana

    Americana Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 19, 2010
    Dunnellon, Florida
    Good pix to show people who haven't seen a molt, as they would probablly totally freak![​IMG]

    I got a few that are almost as bad!

    At least they are growing back before it gets too cold
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  3. stubbornhill

    stubbornhill Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2011
    Shapleigh, Maine
    What a great post! You're right for someone who has never seen it, this is a wonderful example. She's still cute!
  4. fshinggrl

    fshinggrl Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2009
    the edge of insanity
    My chickens never looked that bad. I bet you had enough feathers laying around to make a feather pillow! Thanks for sharing.
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  5. yankeedoodle300

    yankeedoodle300 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2011
    Chicken Heaven
    my hen looks like that! it MUST be a HARD molt!
  6. bustermommy

    bustermommy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2011
    So, does feeding them extra protein help them grow them back faster?
  7. SueBaby

    SueBaby Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 14, 2011
    Oceanside, CA
    Thanks for the picture! Do they molt at a certain age or is it the time of year? My girls are 25 weeks old. Will they not molt this year? I'm not seeing any signs.
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  8. SilkieBantams

    SilkieBantams Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2011
    Houston, TX
    She's a beautiful girl and I've never seen a molt before so it's my first that I've seen. I wonder what new feather colors they get after molting? Like for example after they molt and get new feathers in. Will their new feathers be multi-colored like all white feathers with black specks?
  9. bikerchic

    bikerchic Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 22, 2011
    Thanks for the warning! I would have been rushing mine to the nearest vet!
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  10. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Quote:Yours won't molt until next year.

    I've had some go through a very mild molt at 9 months, but most of the time they don't molt until they are over a year old.

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