If one chickens molts can it spread to others easily?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by M To The Maxx, Aug 5, 2009.

  1. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

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    If one chickens molts can it spread to others easily like a disease? I would really like to know becauase as soon as one of our chickens molts we have another one molting then more! Thanks in advance.[​IMG]
     
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  2. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    Molting is a seaonal thing. All chickens shed feathers usually in late Summer into late Fall. They are just getting new feather growth for Winter.

    Even young birds molt juvenile feathers as they mature.
     
  3. Renee

    Renee Songster

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    Hi Maxx,

    Molting can't spread, but chickens tend to molt at the same time of the year.

    Are you sure it is molting? Have you checked them for lice or mites?

    Is there any feather-picking going on, or over active roosters?

    Renee
     
  4. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I agree. Molting can't spread amoung the birds but there are different degrees of molting, Some molts are heavier than others.
     
  5. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

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    Quote:We treated them for mites a little more than a month ago.
     
  6. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

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    I agree with the above posters, molting is not contagious, it is a natural process the birds go through. Glad you were concerned though.
     

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