scooter147

Songster
11 Years
Jul 30, 2008
2,042
73
221
Missouri
Has anyone else noticed their chickens going through a hard or severe molt?
What I mean is out of my 30 hens about ten of them are half naked. I honestly don't remember in all my years of keeping chickens thme losing this many feathers all at once.
Last night when I went to lock up I had three hens huddled in the corner (not on roost). I thought that is really weird. So when I picked them up I noticed that they had lost all of their flight feathers. I don't know if I have every seen that, usually they loose flight feathers a couple at a time. So they were not able to get up on the roost. My first pole is 30 inches off the ground.

I am giving a few hand fulls of cat food in the morning for extra protien and letting them free range for about an hour to find other good high protien goodies in the yard.

It has been a weird year as far as weather is concerned and has been unusually cool here for this time of year, I suspect this has something to do with it.
 

Tuffoldhen

Flock Mistress
12 Years
Jan 30, 2007
7,502
77
301
WV
I have 3 bald hens, pitiful looking. I could roast them and not have to pluck!!
Worst molt I have ever seen my flock of 35 adults go through. Lots of protein being fed believe me!
 

CMV

Flock Mistress
10 Years
Apr 15, 2009
6,770
171
281
Same here. I had one go through a hard molt about a month ago. I thought it was done. Now, all the rest of my hens are going through it. My yard looks like a feather pillow (or 3) exploded. My girls seem really cold, too. It's gotten really cold really quick, and my birds are half bald.
 

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