molt?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ctjim, Dec 10, 2007.

  1. ctjim

    ctjim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    does anyone have any molt pics? i think my buffs are molting they seem to be losing feathers around their eyes/ears and one has some weird feathers on her neck, looks like just the main part of the feather w/ out any "fan" to them. which i think may be from my aggressive roo.
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Yes, they lose them just under the ear area in a ring, sort of and on the front of their chest and feathers also break off from being old and brittle. Molting isn't pretty!
     
  3. wildflower

    wildflower Out Of The Brooder

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    Is there a certin time of year that they molt? All my Aracana's seem to be molting and they are not laying. Is this normal for this time of year? Seems like they shouldn't be loosing feathers as it gets colder.
     
  4. jjthink

    jjthink Overrun With Chickens

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    Counterintuitive, isn't it? But inexplicably some do molt just when you think they should be putting overcoats on.
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  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Does seem odd, but some of mine are finished and some of mine are in the middle of molting. One of mine has been semi-bald for months, poor girl.
     
  6. wildflower

    wildflower Out Of The Brooder

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    The first bird we saw loosing feathers, I picked up and looked at her neck and my 10 year old Daughter said, "oooh, sick, that looks like a chewed on corn cob........I'm never eating chicken or corn again!" Not that we eat our chickens, mind you, but it really isn't pretty and I swear they seem embarased, don't want to be touched.........I would feel the same I suppose!
     
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Funny you mention that; I do notice that while they're "prickly", they are much more skittish and they return to their normal friendly sweet selves after their feathers grow back, LOL. Guess I'd feel the same way, too. Makes me wish they'd molt really, really fast so they wouldn't act crazy when I try to pick them up.
     
  8. homecatmom

    homecatmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Is it possible that molting is uncomfortable physically for them? What I mean is their skin is covered by feathers all year long and all of a sudden during molt it is exposed.
     
  9. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    It certainly is possible. Makes sense that it would feel as icky to them as it does to us to feel those prickly quills. They aren't used to that much contact with their bare skin.
     
  10. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

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    It seems to upset some hens more than others. I have one poor hen that just sits in the nest box trying to keep to warm ( I think ) and has no interest in food or others in the flock.... poor girl.

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