Molting already?

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  1. Michelle2639

    Michelle2639 Out Of The Brooder

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    I live in Michigan. Going into last winter, I only had three hens that were about eight months old. Two of them kind of did a mini molt in December (just some neck feathers). This year I have five girls and they're all about a year and a half now. It appears two of them (the BR's) are starting to molt. I'm seeing feathers everywhere...even tail feathers. My RIR's don't seem to be starting yet but the past few days I've only been getting two eggs. So, my question is...Is this early for molting? And...these two that are dropping so many feathers seem to be dropping them from everywhere, not starting at the neck. Is this normal? I appreciate any input as I'm still pretty new to this. Thanks.
     
  2. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Nope, its not too early to molt. My birds usually start molting around September.

    Different birds start their molt at different places (or many places at once!). Some of my chickens start with their heads, while others first lose their tail feathers. And others lose feathers all over their body!
     
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    What triggers the molt is that the days are getting shorter. The days started getting shorter in June at the summer solstice. Some chickens are more sensitive to that than others.

    Chickens tend to molt in a specific pattern but you have fast molters and slow molters. What makes them slow or fast is not how fast the feathers grow back but how fast they fall out. Sounds like you may have a couple of fast ones.
     
  5. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

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    Once I went down and it looked like a pillow fight had occurred. The floor was white with feathers. However, they grew back within weeks, and were back to laying.
    I would rather have fast molters than slow molters, but you really don't get to choose.

    Mrs K
     
  6. Michelle2639

    Michelle2639 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks everyone! Yes, it has been looking a little like a pillow fight has went on when I let them out in the morning!
     
  7. N F C

    N F C got coffee? Premium Member Project Manager

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    Quote:Thank you so much for the link! I've been looking for something like this about molting for the past 30 minutes...how timely you are! I've been to the Chicken Chick's site before but not for quite a while, might have to go see what else I can dig up over there. I noticed she has a recipe for "Molt Muffins" that sounds interesting.
     
  8. iwiw60

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    Yes, I saw that, too! Let me know how yours turn out and if your girls like them. [​IMG]
     
  9. N F C

    N F C got coffee? Premium Member Project Manager

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    Quote:Well, I just looked at the molt muffin recipe and figure it would probably be cheaper for me to buy the big treat block (can't remember the name) at the feed store than make the muffins. I would have to buy everything that goes into them except the coconut oil, eggs and whole wheat flour. Oh, and water...I do have that, lol. Oh well, good to check these things out.
     
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