It's the most Pitiful time of the year....

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by Mojo Chick'n, Oct 9, 2009.

  1. Mojo Chick'n

    Mojo Chick'n Empress of Chickenville



    Poor Spazz, talk about a Bad Hair Day.
    I'll be glad when their molting is done with.

  2. ksct

    ksct Songster

    Apr 23, 2009
    upstate, NY
    is molting just like a dog or cat shedding? getting more/warmer feathers etc for the colder climate?
  3. Mojo Chick'n

    Mojo Chick'n Empress of Chickenville

    Quote:they do shed their feathers, and get pretty new ones - but in the meantime they look rather awful. I'm not sure if it has anything to do with new feathers being warmer in winter - maybe.

    The ones who are hardest hit seem to be my second year chickens - the younger ones had an easy molt - the older girls are looking like someone kicked them under the bed with the dust bunnies, then dragged them through the hayfield a few rounds.

    Spazz is the worst with her tail [​IMG] my two australorps look like they've been shaken in a burlap bag too many times, also.

    poor things [​IMG] hope their feathers come back in soon - gonna be very very cold here next week. (20 degrees below normal temps, they are saying.)

  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    I completely agree. Pitiful. Makes me want to put clothes on the whole flock!
  5. naturegrrl

    naturegrrl Songster

    Nov 15, 2008
    Santa Cruz, CA
    Fun pics! [​IMG]
    Wild birds molt all (or, in their first year, almost all) of their feathers every fall (in temperate North America), because the drawback of feathers is that they wear out relatively quickly, and lose their insulating and aerodynamic properties. Molt is actually a whole-body process - not only are they replacing feathers, they are also replacing some muscle and skeletal tissue. It's a major physiological undertaking, and boy, does it look awkward! Like puberty once a year... <shudder>
    I've noticed that in domestic birds, molt timing gets a little... strange. Do everyone's chickens molt in the fall, or do they seem less tied to an annual cycle? (I had a canary once that molted pretty much nonstop for all the years of his life).
  6. Mojo Chick'n

    Mojo Chick'n Empress of Chickenville

    Quote:My rooster molted earlier this summer - he looked pretty bad [​IMG]

  7. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

    Feb 27, 2008
    Elizabethtown, NC
    Wow! She's actually not that bad. They do look rough for a while, but then they have nice pretty feathers that take their place.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: