Is it possible for a pullet to molt before she is a year old? pics

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by scgamecock, Apr 12, 2008.

  1. scgamecock

    scgamecock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2008
    Conway SC
    I have a Partridge Rock that just came off the nest and I do believe she is molting already.She won't be a year old until the first of May.I don't have a picture but maybe I can get one tomorrow to post.

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    This is her just a few minutes ago.


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    This is her and her sister which is fully feathered.The middle one is a BSL


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    This is her sister again with Lacy my SLW looking on and a SLW roo bent over


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    Here is an even better picture of her feathers
     
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2008
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Yes! And it surprised me, too, but I had several 9 month old chickens molt pretty good. My original flock didn't do it, at least noticably, but the next batch sure did! It happened especially around the neck under the jaw ear areas and around vents and stomachs.

    Hey, I just noticed they changed my title!
     
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  3. scgamecock

    scgamecock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2008
    Conway SC
    She looks really ragged and there are new pin feathers starting to come out.She has that white "cottony" look all over and she acts like she is starving all the time.I'm gonna go see if I can get a picture and post it.Well she also has to replace all of her stomach feathers because she pulled them out while sitting her nest.
     
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  4. wynedot55

    wynedot55 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2007
    yes they can molt before their a yr old.the time of year that they are hatched sometimes affects when they molt.
     
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Funny thing is, my original flock AND my second wave of girls both hatched in January, a year apart. The first girls didn't molt for real that I could tell till 18 months old and older. The second batch were all molting at 9 months old almost as bad as the original ones at 18 months old. Last year was just the oddest year for crops and chickens, so I chalked it up to that.
     
  6. scgamecock

    scgamecock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2008
    Conway SC
    Picture coming.Let me get it downloaded
     
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    She does look like she's molting-she's missing tail feathers. (OT, I see my Lacy's namesake-still miss her around here.)
     
  8. Justino

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  9. scgamecock

    scgamecock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2008
    Conway SC
    Yes her tail feathers are falling out but new one's are coming in.I took a picture of her with her sister who is the same age to compare.Yes that is my Lacy staring in the camera.
     
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Well, then it's official. She's molting early. Looks awful, doesn't it? I did hear that if a hen goes broody, often it brings on a molt as she comes off that spell, but not sure exactly where I heard that.
    Justin, I talk too much, plain and simple. And people keep asking me questions-it's just plain rude to ignore them, right? [​IMG]
     

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