Late winter molt

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Kathleen1115, Feb 5, 2012.

  1. Kathleen1115

    Kathleen1115 Out Of The Brooder

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    My 18 month old EE stopped laying about a week ago and this morning I noticed a pile of feathers underneath her spot on the roost. She's acting normally as far as I can tell and doesn't appear to have any bare spots. I honestly can't remember if she molted in the fall, but the girls get a couple of extra hours of light in the mornings and have all been laying consistently through what little of winter we've had here in Atlanta. Anything I should worry about or is a late winter molt pretty common?
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    I think what's common is a heavy molt at 18 months.
     
  3. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

    I also have a hen going through a heavy molt. When they are molting there combs will become paler and they stop laying. Try increasing her protein a little can cat food will help her and help with the calories she is burning to stay warm. My poor hen looks miserable!
     
  4. kittycooks

    kittycooks Chillin' With My Peeps

    We just went through that in November and December. Feathers everywhere and bald spots in winter! Silly birds.
     

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