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Have your chickens begun their seasonal molt alreay?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by emys, Aug 28, 2010.

  1. emys

    emys Songster

    Nov 19, 2008
    So, I was on another post and mentioned that one of my hens is already started her seasonal molt and a couple of people said their flocks were also in molt already and that it was pretty early.

    1) Is your flock in molt or at least one of your birds?

    2) Anyone recall if this is starting earlier than last year for your flock? (I don't exactly recall when mine started last year - but I think it wasn't until Sept.)

    It might be fun to chart when the birds molt against something like average low temps or first frost dates and look for correlations.

    Just for fun.
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2010

  2. Dora'smom

    Dora'smom Songster

    Dec 14, 2009
    That sounds interesting. I can't tell if my older flock is or not as they are feather pickers, and also have been playing at being broody, so they've been pulling some breast feathers. I'm going to watch this thread to see what everyone else says, though. [​IMG]
  3. cowdogcadillac

    cowdogcadillac Songster

    Sep 23, 2009
    2 of my four are molting right now and it is earlier then last year. Funny that it is both of my EE birds.The back yard has feathers everywhere.
  4. oesdog

    oesdog Songster

    Jun 7, 2010
    One of my birds has been in moult since June - she is really bad with it. Her neck is still completely bald and the top of her head were she had feathers last year is now red like the crown and so I don;t think feathers will grow there again. She has only started to regrow her feathers on her back now and she is still very weak. She stands sleeping in the yard. I put vitamins in the water and that helped her. When I have treats she comes runny like a mad thing so she can't be that bad? She has only just started laying again. It has been really awful for her this year. The other hens just lost a few tail feathers and a bit on their belly but nothing you would notice and they are back laying again now not as good as was but getting there. So mine I guess are very early but I am glad as the weather here will be getting very cold soon. I wonder if Drumsticks neck feathers will ever come back??????? Oh well Dh says it will save him plucking? [​IMG] Poor girl ! I was told they went into mault the time of year they hatched? Is that true?

    Oesdog - [​IMG]
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  5. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Half of my chickens are in molt and yes, it started earlier this year and our temps are still in the 90's.
  6. emys

    emys Songster

    Nov 19, 2008
    I was told they went into molt the time of year they hatched? Is that true?

    Well, I think there may be something to that the first time they molt, but not so convinced it happens that way with subsequent molts. The main stimulus for molting is day length in mature birds. But, that can't be the whole story in my opinion because if that were the only factor, all the birds would molt at the same time, and they don't. So maybe age of the bird and genetics also play into it and who knows what else.​
  7. oesdog

    oesdog Songster

    Jun 7, 2010
    Thanks for that - does anyone know how I can help this terrible prolonged Molt poor Drumstick is enduring?????
    I wonder sometimes if she will ever have feathers again?????? This I think is her first molt as she didn't stop laying last year at all when the others molted? Is this why it is so bad she is a RIR/ PR

    Oesdog - [​IMG]
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2010

  8. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Nobody molting here yet. I'm expecting my 18 month old hens to start molting. Last year, one of them (at 9 months old) molted in December. Crazy girl!
  9. luvchicks8

    luvchicks8 Songster

    Jul 1, 2009
    new Hampshire
    Mine are molting bad my slw is naked
  10. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I've never had a hen seriously molt in 7 years. The worse has been a missing tail for a couple weeks. Never had bald patches. But this year I'm starting to see a lot more feathers on the ground. Starting about a week ago.
    Here in Seattle we have not had a summer, just a few (maybe 3) hot days. And last winter almost no (maybe 5) cold days.
    So maybe it's the long grey days?


    It takes a lot of nutrition to grow feathers especially protein. Increasing it may help.

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