Mid winter MOLT?!?!?!?!??!?!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by rosemarysugar, Jan 16, 2019.

  1. rosemarysugar

    rosemarysugar Songster

    Mar 1, 2018
    Meeker, Colorado
    I have a 1year 1 month old Americana hen who is all of a sudden losing LOTS of feathers. Let me give an example of what LOTS means, this actually happened. ( You pick up the hen, say hi and then put her down and you have about 2-5 feathers in your hand, and then she shakes and loses 5 more). I just noticed this today because I have been a little distracted with my new chick. She shows no signs of sickness or anything like that. Oh and also... about 2 months ago she lost her beard and muff feathers and after a long time gained the muffs back but not the beard ( the beard is just a bunch of pin feathers).

    Is this just an odd winter molt or something else?????!?!?
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  2. Brahmachicken240

    Brahmachicken240 Crossing the Road

    Dec 26, 2018
    It’s not unusual for a hen to go through a light molt during winter.
  3. bruceha2000

    bruceha2000 Crossing the Road

    Apr 19, 2012
    NW Vermont
    My first batch of chicks (from Ideal) hatched early June 2012. One of the Black Australorps didn't moult until the end of January 2014! Yep, doesn't get colder here than that time of year, well below 0°F. She did fine and to my surprise didn't hang anywhere near the heat lamp I had over the waterer (3 of the 5 chicken nipple waterers had failed in Nov and I foolishly had built the pipe into the bottom of the nest box so I couldn't replace them, too cold). It was so cold that only the 1/4 of the ring in the waterer closest to the lamp was not frozen. Yet not one of the 12 chickens hung anywhere near the lamp. That is my "go to" when people claim chickens need heat in the winter.
  4. coach723

    coach723 Crowing

    Feb 12, 2015
    North Florida
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  5. MissChick@dee

    [email protected] ~ Dreaming Of Springtime ~

    Aug 18, 2017
    Caliente Nevada
    Mine are molting too. Makes them cranky and it hurts them Iffin you mess with their pin quills. Poor babies.
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  6. rosemarysugar

    rosemarysugar Songster

    Mar 1, 2018
    Meeker, Colorado
  7. Mosey2003

    Mosey2003 Crowing

    Apr 13, 2016
    NC IL
    Yeah, my dingdong SOP pullets decided they'd like to start molting in late December. I really hope they're done and laying by March.

    I had a few decide to molt about now last year too, and they did just fine.
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