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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. TinyChickenLady

    TinyChickenLady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks for the pic! I've never seen a molt before and mine are still young.
    Is there a certain age or time of year that they do it?
    I would have been scared poopless if I didn't know LoL
     
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Yes, extra protein helps them get through the molt.

    She will feather back in with the same colors she had before, just fresh feathers. I'll be sure to take a picture of her when she finishes molting and post it here.
     
  3. henney penny

    henney penny Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 21, 2009
    Northern Maine
    Poor thing I hope the other chickens aren`t making fun of her
     
  4. Angiebubs

    Angiebubs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm unable to see a picture?
     
  5. RedDrgn

    RedDrgn Anachronistic Anomaly

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    OMG, that poor chicken! [​IMG]

    If a chicken has a rough molt like that and it's in a colder climate, how much of an issue can thermoregulation become? If that was one of my hens right now, I'd feel obligated to get her a sweater and some fuzzy socks because it's been darn cold at night. :eek:
     
  6. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Angie - I'm not sure why you can't see the pictures.

    RedDrgn - She certainly doesn't like to be touched, so getting a sweater on her isn't an option. You pick her up and she feels like a porcupine. I had one girl molt last year during the worst cold snap we had in December. It was in the 20's and snow/ice around. She had very little feathers and I was concerned about her. I went out after they were roosting and found her crammed between 2 of the poofiest girls, so they were keeping her nice and toasty. [​IMG]
     
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  7. RedDrgn

    RedDrgn Anachronistic Anomaly

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    Quote:LOL! And people think chickens are dumb. [​IMG]
     
  8. hispoptart

    hispoptart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh the poor thing! I hope mine don't molt this winter. I would have to bring them inside. It gets -20 here and colder at night for weeks at a time.
     
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  9. mdbokc

    mdbokc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 22, 2009
    Oklahoma County, OK
    A hard molt like that in the winter and my girls get under the heat lamps. Otherwise, they are trembling and shaking from the cold. One of the few times I use supplemental heating in the coop.
     
  10. Egg Rookie 2010

    Egg Rookie 2010 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine are 8 months old....looks like 6 of the 11 are molting. Well I hope it is molting anyway. I have checked them head to foot for mites or something else weird cause I thought they were too young and see no signs of anything unusual. The tail feathers get a little ratty looking before they fall out. The rest of the feathers look pretty normal when they fall out. I do see the "pins" where the new feathers are growing back. I hope it is normal the long feathers get kinda ratty looking before they come loose.
     

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