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Leghorn laying again/moulting question

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by lambchicks, Jan 5, 2012.

  1. lambchicks

    lambchicks Songster

    May 21, 2009
    North Carolina
    Hi all, I just wanted to share my happiness with you. I have a 20 mo old leghorn hen. She has had a horrible time this fall. She moulted and lost her place in the pecking order. She of course stopped laying. She still seems to be out of the pecking order, she has a hard time getting food, but today she layed a beautiful white egg. First one in months. Now if my white Easter Egger would just start laying again, I would be even more happy.
    Both of these birds seem to be on edge. The EE was always friendly and my son carried her around in his hood. She would sit on his lap while he did his homework but now no one can catch her, not even my son. She used to eat out of our hands, but no more. Has anyone else seen this behavior when moulting?

  2. RedDrgn

    RedDrgn Anachronistic Anomaly

    May 11, 2011
    West Virginia
    My Coop
    Good for your leghorn! [​IMG]

    Any bird will get rather grumpy and jumpy when they molt. I think it's just uncomfortable only having part of their plumage and all of those stiff pinfeathers poking everywhere. They generally just want to be left alone until they get through it. So if that's what your EE is going through now, then I'd consider it normal. She should go back to her old self once she's finished.
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    You mention she has a hard time getting food----do you need to add another feeder so she has better chances of not getting chased away?

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