Molt in January?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by jetrock, Jan 19, 2010.

  1. jetrock

    jetrock Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 21, 2009
    Leetonia, Ohio
    Will hens molt in January? Of my 10 hens, 8 have lost most of their feathers on their backs before their tail feathers.
    Our rooster is also fine. They are acting fine and I'm still getting 7-10 eggs a day out of the 10.
    Or could this be picking at each other from winter inactivity? Any thoughts would be appreciated.
  2. Barnyard

    Barnyard Addicted to Quack

    Aug 5, 2007
    Southwest Georgia
    If your girls were molting then you wouldnt be getting to many eggs. They normally slack off laying until they are done molting. A few things come to mind here.

    1) Your roo is doing his job quiet well and he is the cause of the feather loss...

    2) You have some pecking issues going on. Could be that they are bored and picking on each other. Try hanging a cabbage from the top of the coop or run, so that they have something other than each other to pick on.

    3) Mites...make sure you check them over really good. This also causes feather loss.

    4) protein or vitamin defecency.

    Hope this gives you a few things to check out.
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2010
  3. jetrock

    jetrock Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 21, 2009
    Leetonia, Ohio
    Thanks for the ideas. The mites are a definite no and I work in grocery and the girls get a lot of different produce scraps daily.
    I think it is probably the pecking.
  4. saladin

    saladin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2009
    the South
    Chickens will moult whenever they want too.

    I've had them moult in the dead of winter or the height of summer. The August/September deal is just a generalization. Oh, they can also moult more than once in the same year. saladin
  5. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have four out of twelve throwing feathers- no rooster, no pests. Just their time... egg production varying from 4-8. Everyone seems fine, just longing for spring...[​IMG]

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