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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Foleys, May 26, 2010.

  1. Foleys

    Foleys Songster

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    Do chickens shead like dogs and cats and then grow more feathers??? Mine are losing a feather here and there nothing bad they dont have any bald spots so I was just wondering if they shead.
     

  2. sgtmom52

    sgtmom52 Birds & Bees

  3. chicks4kids

    chicks4kids Songster

    Apr 22, 2009
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    They moult...if it's just here and there, they must just be beginning to do so. But occassionally mine will just drop one here and there when they're not moulting. [​IMG]
     
  4. Foleys

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  5. sgtmom52

    sgtmom52 Birds & Bees

    I think that most go through a big molt in the fall when days start getting shorter however many also molt when they are about 18 months old. They could also have small molts at other times or could molt due to stress. When they go through a big molt they usually stop or reduce laying for up to several months until the feathers go back ~ it takes a lot of energy & protein to grow new feathers.
     
  6. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

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    This site gives good information on molting. As you can see, they go through a few juvenile molts before they layt their first egg. Many things can trigger an adult molt. One standard is the fall molt when days get shorter, but they can molt at any time and for several different reasons.

    Mississippi State describes molting
    http://msucares.com/poultry/management/poultry_feathers.html

    It is also not unusual for them to occasionally lose some featherswhen they are not molting. A broody will sometimes pluck her breast, a hen may lose some feathers during mating, mites and lice can cause feather loss, or they may lose some during pecking order disputes or dominance fights. A little feather loss is usually not a big deal, but this article may help you determine if you have something actually wrong. I doubt if there is a real problem, other than maybe mites or lice, but just in case.

    Kansas State feather loss
    http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/library/lvstk2/mf2308.pdf
     

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