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how can you tell if they are molting

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by snowcone, Nov 25, 2010.

  1. snowcone

    snowcone In the Brooder

    Nov 14, 2010
    I have a couple of 1 1/2 yr olds with their combs laying down, is that a sign of molting or how can you tell besides not laying?

  2. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

    Jul 9, 2007
    always changing
    Molting is when they lose their feathers to get new ones. You will start to see more and more feathers on the ground, and you will notice they have no tail feathers, and eventually they look scraggly and missing a lot of feathers!
  3. WalkingWolf

    WalkingWolf Songster

    Jan 1, 2009
    North Carolina
    You should see some feathers laying around, and pin feathers on you chickens. Check underneath for pin feathers, it does not seem to affect the combs on my birds but you may want to increase your birds protein. I feed mine starter with layer pellets to increase the protein level and give oyster shell to make up for calcium loss. Birds whether parrots or chickens will pick their own feathers if they do not have enough calcium and protein in their diet.
  4. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    When they look like this:

    Here she is sporting her ONE tail feather:
  5. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

    Jul 9, 2007
    always changing
    and they look like this

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    They are so beautiful in their own silly way. [​IMG]

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