1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Is this what Moulting looks like? (pics)

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ReillyJ, Aug 23, 2014.

  1. ReillyJ

    ReillyJ Chillin' With My Peeps

    160
    5
    61
    Jun 12, 2014
    Snohomish, WA
    Just wondering as i've only had these hens for about 3 months, they're still laying but started slowing down a month ago and saw feathers poking out here/there but in the past couple days now seeing LOTS of feathers around, but just these downy types

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  2. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    28,340
    4,219
    516
    Apr 23, 2014
    At our lodge
    My Coop
    Looks like molting to me. Give them lots of protein.
     
  3. ReillyJ

    ReillyJ Chillin' With My Peeps

    160
    5
    61
    Jun 12, 2014
    Snohomish, WA
    Thanks!

    Wondering if i should switch to "broiler" feed in my brand, it's minimum 19% protein...for now?? I gave them some scrambled eggs and i do give mealworms but i don't think it's enough daily?

    Also love your signature (Jesus :)
     
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2014
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    31,452
    3,522
    538
    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Oh, it gets better! They go from this....

    [​IMG]

    To this. Pretty pitiful, right?



    [​IMG]

    and yes, it looks like a pillow fight in the coop [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2014
  5. ReillyJ

    ReillyJ Chillin' With My Peeps

    160
    5
    61
    Jun 12, 2014
    Snohomish, WA
     
  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    31,452
    3,522
    538
    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Not all of mine get hit that hard. I feed a higher protein all-in-one feed and plenty of scraps, so protein isn't as much of an issue.
     
  7. ReillyJ

    ReillyJ Chillin' With My Peeps

    160
    5
    61
    Jun 12, 2014
    Snohomish, WA
    Well that's what i'm wondering if i should do right now, switch to the same brand i'm using except their Broiler Feed, just worried about calcium issues but i do give them oyster shell
     
  8. texaspolloloco

    texaspolloloco Out Of The Brooder

    62
    3
    33
    Jun 25, 2014
    Georgetown TX
    Is this the same bird in these two pictures?
     
  9. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    31,452
    3,522
    538
    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    It's either the same bird or one of two look-alike hatchmates. I had two I could never really tell apart, they're brown Leghorn/EE crosses. But yes, that's the change a good hard molt makes! The better looking picture was actually taken the spring after that hard molt, but it's how she looked before. I feel so sorry for them when they're hit that hard, they just look miserable. They must get cranky, too, because the other birds sure try to avoid them [​IMG]
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by